Staphylococcus aureus

Background

  • Always consider a blood culture positive for Staphylococcus aureus to be true bacteremia (and not a contaminant) due to the danger of delaying treatment[1]

Disease Processes

Main Staphylococcus aureus infections
Type Examples
Localized skin infections

Deep, localized infections

Other infections

  • Endocarditis
  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection of prosthetic material (catheters, orthopedic hardware, endovascular grafts, ventriculoperitoneal shunts, etc.)

Toxinoses

Table Overview

See Also

References

  1. Antibiotic Therapy for Positive Blood Cultures. Perez-Jorge EV, et al. Antimicrobe. http://www.antimicrobe.org/new/e38rev2.asp

Authors:

Ross Donaldson