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Bacteremia Battle: How Long to Treat MSSA or MRSA?

Bacteremia Battle: How Long to Treat MSSA or MRSA?

Advances in environmental sanitation, immunizations, antimicrobial therapy, and medical research have greatly reduced the impact of infectious diseases (IDs)on our communities. Nonetheless infections and the cost of treating them remain a burden to the health care system.

In primary care practice, we may spend more time making referrals for suspected ID than actually treating infected patients. Here, as a brush up, is the second in our series of 10 practical ID pearls.

2. How long should you treat bacteremia associated with Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-sensitive S aureus [MSSA] or methicillin-resistant S aureus [MRSA])?

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