Screening, prevention and treatment resources
This page is for healthcare providers and medical professionals. For more general information, please see our public MRSA page.
What is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria resistant to many forms of antibiotics. Many people carry it in their nose or on their skin. Most infections affect the skin but MRSA can also infect other organs. Without treatment, infections can be life threatening, causing severe complications like sepsis or endocarditis.
Because of its resistance to typical antibiotics, it can be difficult to get rid of. Preventing MRSA infections is the easiest way to protect your patients and their families.
MRSA is not a reportable condition.
While not mandatory, all hospitals and some clinics and long-term care facilities have voluntarily reported MRSA-positive cultures since 2000. This information helps us track disease trends and understand MRSA prevalence in Pierce County.
To report MRSA-positive lab cultures, visit our Report Notifiable Conditions page, or call (253) 798-6534.
- Guidelines for Evaluation & Management of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Outpatient Settings.
- What is Happening with MRSA in Pierce County? Antibiotic Commonsense, January 2013.
- Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America for the Treatment of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Adults and Children, January 4, 2011.