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Adjunctive Rifampin in Staphylococcal Infections – Primer for Bacteremia and Endocarditis

The use of rifampin for staphylococcal infections is a bit controversial. The recommendation seems to be its use on infections involving prosthetic material, such as prosthetic valve endocarditis or prosthetic joint infections. For instance, the AHA infective endocarditis (1) guidelines recommends the addition of rifampin to a regimen consisting of vancomycin to infectious caused by

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The Lyon Heart – The Virulent Coagulase-Negative Staphylococcus

Coagulase negative staphylococcus are generally skin commensals we tend to ignore when they pop up in one set of blood cultures as they tend to represent contamination of the blood culture bottles rather than true bacteremia. The most commonly seen is Staphylococcus epidermidis. The reason they are called “coagulase negative staphylococcus” is these organisms, compared

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When To Get A TEE for Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is a cause of severe morbidity and mortality, especially when it is complicated by infective endocarditis. The mortality of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is 20% (1) and that of infective endocarditis due to Staph aureus is much higher. Guidelines for the treatment of MRSA SAB (2) recommends the use of echocardiography, with TEE

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