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Evaluation of the Microbiology of Soft‐Tissue Abscesses in the Era of Community‐Associated Strains of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An Argument for Empirical Contact Precautions

Thomas R. Talbot , MD, MPH, Joseph J. Nania , MD, Patty W. Wright , MD, Ian Jones , MD and Dominik Aronsky , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 6 (June 2007), pp. 730-732
DOI: 10.1086/516799
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/516799
Page Count: 3
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Evaluation of the Microbiology of Soft‐Tissue Abscesses in the Era of Community‐Associated Strains of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An Argument for Empirical Contact Precautions
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Abstract

To ascertain the microbiology of skin abscesses, emergency department records were reviewed to identify patients with debrided skin abscesses. Methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from 255 (67.6%) of 377 culture samples from episodes in the adult cohort and from 145 (79.7%) of 182 culture samples from episodes in the pediatric cohort. Thus, empirical use of contact precautions for patients with skin abscesses should be strongly considered.

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