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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections (MRSA): Diagnosis and Treatment

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

I.       Introduction
II.       MRSA Epidemiology and Incidence
III.       Types of MRSA Infections
1.        Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
2.        Surgical Wound Infection
3.        Necrotizing Fasciitis
4.        Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus Pneumonia
5.        Bone and Joint Infection
6.        Bacteremia and Sepsis
IV.       MRSA Infection Onset
1.        Exposure to MRSA
2.        Evasion of Host Immune Response
V.       Transmission of MRSA
VI.       Treatment of MRSA Infections
1.        Vancomycin
VII.      Prevention of Transmission
1.        Infection Control
2.        Contact Precautions
3.        Screening
4.        Decolonization
VIII.     Case Study: Necrotizing Fasciitis
IX.      Case Study: CA-MRSA
X.      Summary


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