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Staphylococcus aureus in the Urine: What to Do Next?

Staphylococcus aureus in the Urine: What to Do Next?

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 third in our series of 10 practical ID pearls.

3. Should oral antibiotics be initiated for a patient when Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA or MSSA) is isolated in the urine?

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