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Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 15;59(2):147-59. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu296. Epub 2014 Jun 18.

Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections: 2014 update by the infectious diseases society of America.

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1
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Veterans Affairs, Boise, Idaho.
2
Medical Service, Miami Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Florida.
3
San Francisco General Hospital, University of California.
4
Division of General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.
5
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, and R. M. Alden Research Laboratory, Santa Monica, California.
6
Department of Community Health, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.
7
Medical Service, Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
8
Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
9
Department of Medicine, Stanford University, California.
10
Geisinger Health System, Geisinger Cancer Institute, Danville, Pennsylvania.

Abstract

A panel of national experts was convened by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update the 2005 guidelines for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). The panel's recommendations were developed to be concordant with the recently published IDSA guidelines for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections. The focus of this guideline is the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of diverse SSTIs ranging from minor superficial infections to life-threatening infections such as necrotizing fasciitis. In addition, because of an increasing number of immunocompromised hosts worldwide, the guideline addresses the wide array of SSTIs that occur in this population. These guidelines emphasize the importance of clinical skills in promptly diagnosing SSTIs, identifying the pathogen, and administering effective treatments in a timely fashion.

PMID:
24947530
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciu296
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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