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 requires contact precautions. Add droplet if patient has a cough