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

Dennis L. Stevens, Alan L. Bisno, Henry F. Chambers, E. Patchen Dellinger, Ellie J.C. Goldstein, Sherwood L. Gorbach, Jan V. Hirschmann, Sheldon Kaplan, Jose G. Montoya, James C. Wade

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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