Using Clinical Guidelines and Clinical Acumen to Manage Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection

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Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infection is spread by skin to skin contact and surface to skin contact. The environment is an unrecognized, inanimate reservoir for S aureus, placing family members and friends at risk for acquiring CA-MRSA infection. It is essential that nurse practitioners have an awareness of the environment as a reservoir for CA-MRSA infection. This article discusses a case study of a patient exposed to environmental CA-MRSA who failed outpatient treatment and required inpatient antimicrobial therapy. Clinical acumen and application of 2011 and 2014 infectious diseases guidelines were used to promote best practice treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Best practice
  • Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Environment
  • Guidelines
  • Infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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