Hospitalized Adults: Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: Abscess

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Doses provided in this table are for patients with normal renal and hepatic function. Click on drug link to go to dosing guidelines.  Some antimicrobials are restricted (ID-R).  Click on link for guidelines on obtaining authorization.

Diagnosis

Common Pathogens

Drug(s) of First Choice

Alternative Drug(s)

Comments

Abscess

S.aureus

Vancomycin 

 

Empirical Gram-negative and/or anaerobic coverage is not routinely indicated.

 

Incision and drainage is primary therapy for abscesses. After incision and drainage and once patient is stable, switch to oral antibiotics based on culture and susceptibility results.