Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in the Obstetric Setting


  • Jan M. Kriebs CNM, MSN

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    • Jan M. Kriebs, CNM, MSN, FACNM, is Director of the Midwifery Practice and assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD. She is the co-author of both Varney's Midwifery and Primary Care for Midwives.

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland, 4th Floor, 405 W. Redwood, Baltimore, MD 21201. E-mail:


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an increasingly prevalent pathogen, both in the community and in hospitalized patients. The virulence of MRSA, coupled with its resistance to many frequently prescribed antibiotics, requires increased vigilance in the assessment and diagnosis of skin and soft tissue infections. This article reviews the epidemiology of MRSA and focuses on treatment of MRSA when it is diagnosed during pregnancy.