Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Precautions

Routine Practices
Routine Practices

General Information

First Line Treatment

Oxacillin
Cefazolin
Dicloxacillin

Alternate Treatment

Vancomycin
Clindamycin
TMP/SMX
Doxycycline

Pathogen information

Gram positive cocci in clusters, Coagulase positive

Epidemiology

Staph aureus is a ubiquitous organism that colonizes the skin/nares and can cause invasive disease.

Associated syndromes

Highly virulent organism

Infection manifests as:

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection

  • MSK infection

  • Endocarditis

  • Abscess

  • Pneumonia

  • Infection of prosthetic devices

  • Others