Suspected Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infections: Evaluation and management in neonates
- Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Pediatrics
- Section Editor — Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Professor and Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs
- Baylor College of Medicine
The evaluation and management of suspected methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) in neonates (≤28 days of age) will be reviewed here. General aspects of the management of SSTI; the evaluation and management of MRSA SSTI in children older than 28 days; the epidemiology, prevention, and control of MRSA infections in children; and the treatment of invasive MRSA infections in children are discussed separately.
●(See "Cellulitis and erysipelas".)
●(See "Infectious folliculitis".)
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- History and examination
- Laboratory evaluation
- MANAGEMENT APPROACH
- Localized pustulosis
- SSTI other than localized pustulosis
- ANTIMICROBIAL THERAPY
- Initial parenteral therapy
- Duration of therapy
- RESPONSE TO THERAPY
- Monitoring response
- Failure to respond
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS