Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection in the hand

Bridget Harrison, Oded Ben-Amotz, Douglas M. Sammer

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Background: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has become an increasingly common cause of skin and soft-issue infections. The purpose of this study was to review and summarize the most recent literature on methicillin-resistant S. aureus infections of the hand. Methods: The English-language literature related to methicillin-resistant S. aureus infections of the hand was reviewed, and information related to the history, epidemiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of methicillin-resistant S. aureus infections of the hand was summarized. Results: Community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus hand infections have increased rapidly in prevalence over the past two decades. The prevalence varies markedly around the world, but in the United States, communityacquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus now causes the majority of purulent hand infections. Conclusions: Purulent hand infections should be treated with surgical drainage. When antibiotics are indicated, empiric coverage for community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus should be provided if local prevalence rates exceed 10 to 15 percent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-830
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume135
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2015

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Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection in the hand. / Harrison, Bridget; Ben-Amotz, Oded; Sammer, Douglas M.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 135, No. 3, 04.03.2015, p. 826-830.

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Harrison, Bridget ; Ben-Amotz, Oded ; Sammer, Douglas M. / Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection in the hand. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2015 ; Vol. 135, No. 3. pp. 826-830.
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