Antibiotic Choices for Treatment of MRSA

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Antibiotic Choices for Treatment of MRSA by Stephanie Chieng Introduction      Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics especially beta-lactams (eg penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems) Staph infections, occur most frequently among persons/staff in hospitals and healthcare facilities who have weakened immune systems- HA-MRSA (hos acquired) MRSA infections that are acquired by persons who have not been
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    Antibiotic Choices for Treatment of MRSA by Stephanie Chieng    Introduction  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to someantibiotics especially beta-lactams (eg penicillins,cephalosporins, carbapenems)  Staph infections, occur most frequently amongpersons/staff in hospitals and healthcare facilities whohave weakened immune systems- HA-MRSA (hosacquired)  MRSA infections that are acquired by persons who havenot been recently (within the past year) hospitalized orhad a medical procedure are known as CA-MRSAinfections (community acquired).  It can be transmitted via person to person contact orcome in contact with any objects that have been touchedby MRSA infected or carrier.    HA-MRSA vs CA-MRSA “Community Associated Methicillin Resistant StaphyococcusAureus (CA MRSA) –Guidelines for Management and Control of Transmission”,PPH 42160, October 2005, Wisconsin DFHS     Infections  Skin & soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are the mostcommonly seen in MRSA infection. - Cellulitis [infection of the skin or the fat and tissuesthat lie immediately beneath the skin, usually startingas small red bumps on the skin] - Boils [pus-filled infections of hair follicles] - Abscesses [collections of pus under the skin] - Carbuncles [infections larger than an abscess ]  Generally starts as small red bumps that resemblepimples, boils or spider bites  can turn into deep,painful abscesses that require surgical draining.
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