Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A Pharmacotherapy Primer

Staphylococcus aureusis a common pathogen that can infect a variety of body sites, causing skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), bacteremia and endocarditis, bone and joint infections, pneumonia, and infections of the central nervous system (Liu et al., 2011; Lowy, 1998). A working knowledge of the management of S. aureus infections is important to provide prompt and optimal care, because S. aureus is associated with significant morbidity and mortality and is highly prevalent in both hospital and community settings, and because treatment involves a variety of antibiotics with different mechanisms and toxicities. Antibiotic selection for children is further complicated by unique toxicities and a relative lack of dosing guidance and supporting data.

J Pediatr Health Care. (2017) 31, 246-256.
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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours of which 1.0 is pharmacology content.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

1. Recommend appropriate antimicrobial regimens for a given MRSA infection.
2. Describe the mechanisms, dosing, and monitoring parameters of antibiotics used to treat MRSA infections.
3. Explain the mechanisms and implications of antibiotic resistance among Staphylococcus aureus.

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Leah Molloy, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Infectious Diseases, Department of Pharmacy, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI.


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Leah Molloy, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien Blvd, Detroit, MI 48201; e-mail:

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