Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Precautions

Standard Precautions

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.

Highly virulent organism; infection manifests as pyogenic skin and soft tissue infection, MSK infection, endocarditis, abscess, pneumonia, infection of prosthetic devices and others

S. aureus UTI should always trigger assessment for bacteremia.

Infectious Diseases consultation recommended for all S. aureus bacteremia.