Staphylococcus aureus

Presentation

Appropriate Tests

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that is frequently found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. Although S. aureus is not always pathogenic, it is a common cause of skin infections (eg, boils). It’s more serious manifestations include septicaemia and post operative wound infections.

Culture of blood, wounds, respiratory secretions, or faeces. Send for microscopy and culture, and susceptibility testing.

Assess colonisation by nose/throat/axillary and perineal swab for microscopy and culture, and susceptibility testing.

See also Septicaemia, Skin and soft tissue infections, Wound infection.