Friday, November 09, 2007
Update on skin and soft tissue infections
An excellent and thorough review of this topic recently appeared in CCJM as part of its supplement on Infections in Hospitalized Patients. With the increasing severity of illness of hospitalized patients and the rise of community associated MRSA, clinicians must be vigilant for necrotizing infections and the need for surgical consultation. The review covers clinical assessment for necrotizing infections and cites this study from Critical Care Medicine describing a scoring system of laboratory parameters to assess for necrotizing fasciitis. Although the scoring system is not detailed in the abstract of the Critical Care Medicine paper it can be accessed in this open access full text paper from Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases.