Exploring Drug Resistance Among Pathogens That Cause Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
JAN 11, 2017 | CONTAGION EDITORIAL STAFF
Michael D. Nailor, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, clinical associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, clinical specialist in infectious diseases at Hartford Hospital, and director of Infectious Disease Residency program at Hartford Hospital, discusses which skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are likely to be drug-resistant.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
“SSTIs make up a wide variety of different diagnoses, from cellulitis, to abscesses, to wound infections. If you look at cellulitis, for example, most cases are caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, which has little to no drug resistance.
[However], we know [that] once we get into abscesses, particularly from the community, more than half are probably made up of MRSA, which obviously extends a certain amount of drug resistance. Chronic wound infections can be both a mixture of gram-negatives [and] gram-positives, with some of those gram-negatives being resistant isolates; it’s often difficult to distinguish between colonization in those chronic wounds, versus actual infection with these resistant pathogens.”
To stay informed on the latest in infectious disease news and developments, please sign upfor our weekly newsletter.
We break down our top HIV news stories of 2017. Did you read them all?
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512