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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) causes nosocomial and community-acquired infections that are associated with serious morbidities and high mortality rates. It is resistant to many antibiotics. It can cause skin infections, respiratory infections, sepsis, and infections in most any organ system. Methicillin-resistant S aureus has gathered significant attention in the medical literature as the most common pathogen causing surgical incision infections. The media has sensationalized MRSA as the “superbug” and “flesh-eating bacteria”. The etiology, transmission and treatment of MRSA are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. The Staphylococcus Aureus Bacterium
  3. Epidemiology of MRSA Infections
  4. Colonization With MRSA
  5. MRSA Infections: Community Versus Hospital Acquired
    1. Skin and Soft Tissue Infection
    2. Surgical Wound Infection
    3. Necrotizing Fasciitis
    4. Respiratory Tract Infection
    5. Bone and Joint Infection
    6. Bacteremia and Sepsis
    7. How MRSA Infections Begin And Become Established
  6. Transmission Of MRSA
  7. Treatment Of MRSA Infections
    1. Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection
    2. Treatment of Bacteremia and Endocarditis
    3. Treatment of Pneumonia
    4. Treatment of Osteomyelitis
    5. Treatment of Septic Arthritis
    6. Treatment of Central Nervous System Infection
    7. Vancomycin: Considerations for Administration
  8. Prevention Of Transmission
  9. Summary


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