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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 (a1) (a2), Joseph J. Nania (a3), Patty W. Wright (a1), Ian Jones (a4) and Dominik Aronsky (a4) (a5)...

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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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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