Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)


Standard Precautions


General Information

Cefazolin 2 g IV q8h for invasive infection (adjust for renal function)

Gram-positive cocci in clusters, coagulase positive

Staphylococcus aureus is a common microorganism that colonizes the skin/nares and can cause invasive disease.

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection
  • Cellulitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Abscess
  • Septic arthritis
  • Infection of prosthetic devices
  • Osteomyelitis (vertebral most common in adults)