Staphylococcus aureus

Precautions

See 'Additional Information'
See 'Additional Information'

General Information

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.

MRSA risk factors include health care exposure (hospitalization) and antimicrobial use

Associated syndromes

Highly virulent organism

infection manifests as:

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection

  • MSK infection

  • Endocarditis

  • Abscess

  • Pneumonia

  • Infection of prosthetic devices and others

Additional Information

MSSA

Standard precautions.

MRSA

Contact precautions.
Add droplet if patient has a cough.