Home Health & Hospice

MRSA Infection Guidelines Issued

Homecare Insider, February 21, 2011

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines for the treatment of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus). MRSA infections, which are increasingly common, kill about 18,000 people each year and are responsible for about 60 percent of skin infections seen in emergency rooms. These evidence-based guidelines were prepared by an IDSA expert panel and are intended for use by healthcare providers who care for both adult and pediatric patients with MRSA. 

These guidelines include discussion about the management of skin and soft tissue infections, bacteremia, endocarditis, pneumonia, bone and joint infections, and central nervous system infections. In addition, they address recommended antibiotic treatment. The guidelines are intended to support the physician’s decision making regarding MRSA, which is commonly encountered by physicians and other healthcare providers.

MRSA has been a concern of hospitals for many years, but in the last several years cutaneous abscess MRSA has grown into a serious problem in communities, where it is often spread in homes, school locker rooms and dormitories, jails and prisons, and daycare centers. Spread by direct contact or contact with an object used by a person infected, such as towels, it can appear anywhere on the body most frequently as painful, swollen red bumps. It is a much bigger concern when it invades the body beyond the skin. As important members of the post-acute healthcare provider community, homecare agencies often provide services to MRSA patients.

Visit the IDSA website to access the clinical practice guidelines.