Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
- October 3, 2014
Skin and soft tissue infections are common clinical problems that vary in type and severity. Breach of the skin from trauma, surgery, or primary skin disease is often a precursor to microbial penetration through the epidermis with a consequent range in progression from a superficial, self-limited infection to a life-threatening infection. If purulence at the site of infection is accessible for culture, procurement of a diagnostic test specimen will often provide clinically relevant, diagnostic information regarding microbial etiology, drug susceptibility, and potentially effective antibiotic therapy.