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Improving Outcomes: When Infection Is More Than Skin Deep


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)