Telling the difference: MRSA or MSSA osteomyelitis

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Predictive algorithm works for one hospital…but will it work for others?

Quickly identifying whether osteomyelitis is caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) is critical to delivering appropriate treatment. During the 2011 annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH, director of the clinical effectiveness research unit at Children’s Hospital Boston, reported on a prediction algorithm developed at one hospital that could help quickly differentiate between MRSA and MSSA osteomyelitis.

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