M142-3

Abscess: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus  – Shipped August 2014

HISTORY

A simulated wound swab collected from a 38 year-old male inpatient with an abscessed and inflamed tattoo was sent to category A laboratories.

Participants were expected to isolate and report methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Susceptibility testing for this isolate was not required.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M142-3

  1. Complications of the tattooing process include local skin reactions, local infections, and blood-borne diseases.
  2. S. aureus, including MRSA, is a leading cause for local infections after the tattooing process.

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