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.