Staphylococcus aureus


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General Information

Gram positive cocci in clusters, Coagulase positive

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

Highly virulent organism

infection manifests as:

  • Pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection

  • MSK infection

  • Endocarditis

  • Abscess

  • Pneumonia

  • Infection of prosthetic devices and others


Standard precautions.


Contact precautions.
Add droplet if patient has a cough.