Description: MRSA – Who has it? Who should be treated? Do all patients with abscesses get Septra now? When should I send cultures? Let’s look at the evidence and untangle the thorny issues surrounding MRSA and the ED doctor.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Understand cure rates for skin and soft tissue abscess in the ED with/without antibiotics.
- Be able to select appropriate antibiotics for skin and soft tissue infections based on prevalence and resistance.
- Use their own hospital’s antibiogram to determine their regional approach to MRSA.
- Skin abscess cure rates are high with I+D alone (even if MRSA pos).
- Skin abscess cure rates can be improved with Septra and *some* patients should receive it in addition to I+D.
- Knowing your regional resistance patterns (the “antibiogram”) is essential for practicing with a careful antibiotic footprint.