Wound and Skin Infections

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Tests: Bacterial Wound Culture, Gram Stain, Susceptibility Testing, Blood Culture, MRSA Screening, AFB Smear and Culture
Conditions: Staph Wound Infections and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Elsewhere On The Web
CDC: Overview of Healthcare-associated MRSA
JAMA Patient Page: Wound Infections
KidsHealth.org: Skin Infections & Rashes
National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Sepsis Fact Sheet  
Cleveland Clinic: Nutrition Guidelines to Improve Wound Healing  
American Diabetes Association: Skin Complications 
Wound Care Information Network
Wound Healing Society
CDC: Injury Center

Article Sources

NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

Sources Used in Current Review

Guo, S. and DiPietro, L. (2010 March). Factors Affecting Wound Healing. J Dent Res. v 89 (3): 219–229. [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903966/ through http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed April 2012.

Mayo Clinic Staff (2011 March 19). Bedsores (pressure sores) Mayo Clinic [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedsores/DS00570 through http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed April 2012.

Singhal, H. et. al. (Updated 2012 January 6). Wound Infection. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/188988-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed April 2012.

De la Torre, J. and Chambers, J. (Updated 2011 December 5). Chronic Wounds. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1298452-overview#a1 through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed April 2012.

DiPietro, L. and Guo, S. (2010 March). Factors Affecting Wound Healing. J Dent Res. 2010 March; 89(3): 219–229 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903966/ through http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed April 2012.

Widgerow, A. (2012 April 5). Deconstructing the Stalled Wound. Medscape Today News from Wounds. 2012;24(3) [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/760336 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed April 2012.

(© 2012) Diabetic Wound Care. American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc. [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.apma.org/MainMenu/Foot-Health/Brochures/Diabetic-Wound-Care.aspx through http://www.apma.org. Accessed April 2012.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

Pagana, Kathleen D. & Pagana, Timothy J. (© 2007). Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference 8th Edition: Mosby, Inc., Saint Louis, MO. Pp 1011-1012.

Forbes, B. et. al. (© 2007). Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, Twelfth Edition: Mosby Elsevier Press, St. Louis, Missouri. Pp 891 – 903.

Wu, A. (2006). Tietz Clinical Guide to Laboratory Tests, Fourth Edition. Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. Pp 1611-1612.

Thomas, Clayton L., Editor (1997). Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, PA [18th Edition].

Singhal, H. et. al. (2006 March 9). Wound Infection.  EMedicine [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2422.htm through http://www.emedicine.com. Accessed on 5/10/08.

Church, D. et. al.(2006 April).  Burn Wound Infections. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2006 April; 19(2) [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1471990 through http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov. Accessed on 5/10/08.

Murray, C. and Hospenthal, D. (2008 April 16, Updated). Burn Wound Infections. Emedicine [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic258.htm through http://www.emedicine.com. Accessed on 5/10/08.

Bamberg, R. et. al. (2003 January 27). Diagnosis of Wound Infections: Current Culturing Practices of US Wound Care Professionals. Medscape from Wounds 14(9):314-327 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/447565 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed on 5/11/08.

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O’Dell, M. (1998 May 15). Skin and Wound Infections: An Overview. AFP [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.aafp.org/afp/980515ap/odell.html through http://www.aafp.org. Accessed on 5/10/08.

Klevens, R. M., et. al. (2007 October 17). Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in the United States [pages 1763-1771]. JAMA, V 298(15) [On-line journal]. Available online through http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/. Accessed on 5/10/08.

Davis, K. et. al. (2005 August).Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter Extremity Infections in Soldiers. CDC, Emerging Infectious Diseases V11 (8) [On-line journal]. PDF available for download at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol11no08/pdfs/05-0103.pdf through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed on 5/18/08.

Romo III, T. et. al. (2008 February 18, Updated). Wound Healing, Skin. emedicine [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.emedicine.com/ent/topic13.htm through http://www.emedicine.com. Accessed on 5/18/08.

(2008 May 13, Updated). Fact Sheet: Trauma, Shock, Burn, and Injury: Facts, Figures, and Resources. National Institute of General Medical Sciences [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Publications/trauma_burn_facts.htm through http://www.nigms.nih.gov. Accessed on 5/18/08.

(April 3, 2008) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Group A Streptococcal Disease. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/Groupastreptococcal_g.htm through http://www.cdc.gov.

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