Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment options for skin and soft tissue infection caused by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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Abstract

Purpose: This article reviews the evolving epidemiology of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) and the appropriate outpatient management of CA-MRSA skin and soft tissue infection. Further, the paper will provide the basis upon which an individualized patient educational plan may be developed. Data Sources: To complete this review, a search of English language publications was conducted through Medline and CINAHL databases (1966-2006). Conclusions: The epidemiology of CA-MRSA is becoming increasingly complex. Research that addresses the impact of this organism in high-risk populations and within families is urgently needed. Implications for Practice: Nurse practitioners must remain informed of the epidemiology of common and emerging drug-resistant organisms in their patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

Keywords

  • Community-acquired
  • MRSA
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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