Care of Infectious Conditions in an Observation Unit.

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Care of Infectious Conditions in an Observation Unit.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2017 Aug;35(3):647-671

Authors: Suri P, Aurora TK

Infectious conditions such as skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), Urogenital infections and peritonsillar abscesses frequently require care beyond emergency stabilization and are well-suited for short term care in an observation unit. SSTIs are a growing problem, partly due to emergence of strains of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Antibiotic choice is guided by the presence of purulence and site of infection. Purulent cellulitis is much more likely to be associated with MRSA. Radiographic imaging should be considered to aid in management in patients who are immunosuppressed, have persistent symptoms despite antibiotic therapy, recurrent infections, sepsis or diabetes.

PMID: 28711129 [PubMed - in process]

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