staphylococcal infection

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staphylococcal infection

Etymology: Gk, staphyle, bunch of grapes, kokkos, berry; L, inficere, to taint
an infection caused by any one of several pathogenic species of Staphylococcus, commonly characterized by the formation of abscesses of the skin or other organs. Staphylococcal infections of the skin include carbuncles, folliculitis, furuncles, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Bacteremia is common and may result in endocarditis, meningitis, or osteomyelitis. Staphylococcal pneumonia often follows influenza or other viral disease and may be associated with chronic or debilitating illness. Acute gastroenteritis may result from an enterotoxin produced by certain species of staphylococci in contaminated food. Treatment usually includes bed rest, analgesics, and an antimicrobial drug that is resistant to penicillinase, an enzyme secreted by many species of Staphylococcus. Surgical drainage, especially of deep abscesses, is often necessary.

Staphylococcal infection

An infection caused by any of several pathogenic species of staphylococcus, commonly characterized by the formation of abscesses of the skin or other organs.
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Q. What is MRSA? I’ve heard on the news that some hospitals have a higher rate of MRSA infection. What is MRSA?

MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a nick name for a specific subtype of bacteria from the Staph bacteria family, which is found resistant to many of the common antibiotics that are in use today. This is due to a mutation development in the Staph bacteria, which allowed it to grow resistance against the killing ingredient in common antibiotics, therefore making it a harder infection to treat and cure. Hospitals keep track of their MRSA infections for epidemiological reasons, in order to get a perspective on bacterial resistance to antibiotics, hoping new and more effective antibiotic medication will be researched.

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Despite considerable advances, however, it remains unclear how our immune system responds to infection and why some people are more prone to severe staphylococcal infections than others.
Key findings among the patients with a secondary staphylococcal infection were:
More recently, although it is ineffective single-drug therapy for treating staphylococcal infections, numerous studies have shown that when rifampin is combined with vancomycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (trimeth/sulfa), minocycline, or ciprofloxacin, the resulting in vivo synergy markedly improves clinical outcomes.
Torres also says that these study results challenge the current mindset for finding a vaccine against Staphylococcal infections, including MRSA.
We extracted records from the OSHPD database for children (persons <18 years of age) who were admitted to and discharged from an acute-care facility during January 1, 1985-December 31, 2009, with a primary diagnosis of staphylococcal infection or 1 of [less than or equal to]24 other diagnoses.
aureus infection, and why some individuals are more vulnerable towards severe staphylococcal infections than others.
Interim guidelines for the prevention and control of staphylococcal infection associated with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin.
In addition to the TSS-specific ICD-9 code, we selected 5 other ICD-9 codes on the basis of previous studies to address the concern that TSS cases may be classified under a staphylococcal infection or sepsis code, but not the TSS-specific code (8-10).
When treating pig farmers for possible staphylococcal infection, healthcare workers should consider using antimicrobial drugs effective against MRSA and should consider the aggressive resistance pattern observed in this case, which was more similar to hospital-acquired strains than to classic CA-MRSA.
Of 6,723 death certificates that included an ICD-9 code for staphylococcal infection between 1993 and 1998, 1,387 (21%) specifically mentioned methicillin-resistant S.
With WBCs and gram-positive cocci in clusters, assume it's a staphylococcal infection until proven otherwise.
Rates of hospital-acquired staphylococcal infection increased throughout the 1990s; however, information is limited on trends in community-onset staphylococcal disease in the United Kingdom.

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