intravenous antibiotics, oral antibiotics, methicillin-resistant



  1. Jones, Harriet MD, BSN, CWS, FAPWCA


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with knowledge of systemic antibiotic treatment of skin, skin structure, and soft tissue infections in the outpatient setting.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Use information about skin and soft tissue infection pathogens to appropriately identify infections.


2. Apply recommended infection treatment modalities to patient care.


ABSTRACT: The unnecessary use of systemic antimicrobial agents can be reduced with more careful consideration when treating patients with skin, skin structure, and deep soft tissue infections. Improved prescribing habits will reduce potential adverse events for patients and help fight against the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria especially in the era of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.