Abscess: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus – Shipped August 2014
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
- Complications of the tattooing process include local skin reactions, local infections, and blood-borne diseases.
- S. aureus, including MRSA, is a leading cause for local infections after the tattooing process.