Managing skin and soft-tissue infection and nosocomial pneumonia caused by MRSA: A 2014 follow-up survey

Matthew Dryden (Lead / Corresponding author), Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Matteo Bassetti, Emilio Bouza, Jean Chastre, Mo Baguneid, Silvano Esposito, Helen Giamarellou, Inge Gyssens, Dilip Nathwani, Serhat Unal, Andreas Voss, Mark Wilcox

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    As a follow-up to our 2009 survey, in order to explore opinion and practice on the epidemiology and management of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Europe, we conducted a second survey to elicit current opinions on this topic, particularly around antibiotic choice, dose, duration and route of administration. We also aimed to further understand how the management of MRSA has evolved in Europe during the past 5 years. Members of an expert panel of infectious diseases specialists convened in London (UK) in January 2014 to identify and discuss key issues in the management of MRSA. Following this meeting, a survey was developed comprising 36 questions covering a wide range of topics on MRSA complicated skin and soft-tissue infection and nosocomial pneumonia management. The survey instrument, a web-based questionnaire, was sent to the International Society of Chemotherapy for distribution to registered European infection societies and their members. This article reports the survey results from the European respondents. At the time of the original survey, the epidemiology of MRSA varied significantly across Europe and there were differing views on best practice. The current findings suggest that the epidemiology of healthcare-associated MRSA in Europe is, if anything, even more polarised, whilst community-acquired MRSA has become much more common. However, there now appears to be a much greater knowledge of current treatment/management options, and antimicrobial stewardship has moved forward considerably in the 5 years since the last survey.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S1-S14
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2015


    • Antibiotic management
    • Complicated skin and soft-tissue infection
    • Europe
    • Infection
    • Meticillin-resistant
    • Nosocomial pneumonia
    • Staphylococcus aureus

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Microbiology (medical)
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Pharmacology (medical)


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