Posts Tagged ‘MRSA’

Uncomplicated Skin Infections

Posted by • March 20th, 2015

Uncomplicated skin infections are a common outpatient clinical problem. In a randomized, controlled trial, clindamycin and trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) were compared as outpatient therapy for uncomplicated cellulitis or abscess. Results of cultures of skin-infection lesions in the United States have shown that most of the infections are caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but the most effective… Read More…

Pharmacology and the Treatment of Complicated Skin and Skin-Structure Infections

Posted by • June 11th, 2014

Treating skin and soft tissue infections isn’t the most glamorous job in medicine. But as these infections – ranging from cellulitis to abscess and often accompanied by fever and other signs of systemic illness – lead to nearly 900,000 hospital admissions annually, it’s an essential one. And with the emergence of strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus… Read More…

Management of Skin Abscesses

Posted by • March 14th, 2014

The incidence of abscesses is increasing, and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become common. A new review article explains the role of ultrasonography and provides guidance on the management of skin abscesses and the use of antibiotics. Abscesses are one of the most common skin conditions managed by general practitioners and emergency physicians. The incidence… Read More…

Acute Osteomyelitis in Children

Posted by • January 24th, 2014

Unless acute osteomyelitis in children is diagnosed promptly and treated appropriately, it can be a devastating or even fatal disease. This review summarizes the current approach to the treatment of acute osteomyelitis in children. In high-income countries, acute osteomyelitis occurs in about 8 of 100,000 children per year, but it is considerably more common in low-income… Read More…

A randomized trial of MRSA-control strategies in the ICU

Posted by • June 12th, 2013

As healthcare workers we have become accustomed to seeing that yellow sign on the door indicating that a patient is on “Contact Precautions” to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) infection. So we dutifully wash our hands and put on gown and gloves prior to entering the room to examine the patient…. Read More…

Prevention of MRSA Infections

Posted by • April 15th, 2011

This week in an Original Article, Veterans Affairs Initiative to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections, implementation of a MRSA bundle (nasal surveillance for MRSA, contact precautions for patients with MRSA, hand hygiene, and an institutional culture change whereby infection control was everyone’s responsibility) was associated with a significant decline in MRSA transmission. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)… Read More…

Reducing Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in ICUs

Posted by • April 13th, 2011

Health care-associated infections harm patients and consume limited resources. Such infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) have become a popular target for lawmakers and regulators to improve quality, and some prevention efforts have been codified. However, we still don’t have a good sense of which efforts are worthwhile. Two studies in… Read More…