Staphylococcus epidermidis


Standard Precautions

General Information

Coagulase-negative, gram-positive cocci in clusters.

Normal human skin flora.

Most frequent cause of indwelling medical device-associated infections.

Risk of developing infection:

  • Immunocompromised patients

  • Those with catheters and surgical implants

  • Hospital-acquired infections

  • Catheter-associated infections

  • Bacteremia

  • Endocarditis - particularly in those with abnormal heart valves

Sterile-site culture.

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