Patients with MRSA or MSSA should always be treated for at least 2 weeks with IV antibiotics.
Community Acquired MRSA
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was once considered a strictly nosocomial pathogen. Over the past decade, however, MRSA has emerged as a prominent cause of community-associated infections in both adults and children. Although community-associated MRSA strains occasionally cause severe invasive infections, they are most frequently isolated from patients with skin and soft tissue infections.
Dr Thomas Fekete's recent article on emerging infections (CONSULTANT, October 2007) was timely, given recent evidence that the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, both hospital-acquired and community-acquired, has assumed pandemic proportions.
The notoriously adaptable and increasingly common pathogen requires a new approach including routine I&D and culturing of infected tissues; the use of more-potent antibiotics, but only when needed; and a focus on hygiene in patients with recurrent infections.