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Improving Outcomes: When Infection Is More Than Skin Deep

04-18-2013

The number of patients seeking care for skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) has been increasing over recent years. Importantly, during this time, antibiotic-resistant bacteria (i.e., “superbugs”) have become an increasing public health problem, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading pathogen. Current practice for complicated SSTIs (cSSTIs) is to assume that cSSTIs are due to MRSA and treat empirically—until proven otherwise—in addition to standard incision and drainage (I & D) of the lesion. However, evidence suggests that the rates at which I & D is performed and appropriate antibiotic coverage for MRSA is provided have room for improvement and can be optimized above current practice.

This Journal Club activity features expert faculty discussing a recent peer-reviewed article reporting a prospective, multicenter study on cSSTI management in the journal, BMC Infectious Diseases. Using the article as a springboard, clinicians will explore the continually changing epidemiology of MRSA infection, the rationale supporting gold-standard I & D, and available data that support optimal selection of antimicrobial therapy.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 21.59MB - Duration: 31:27 m (96 kbps 8000 Hz)