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Table 6 Initial antibiotic selections for abscesses (N = 172)

From: Skin and soft-tissue infections in suburban primary care: epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and observations on abscess management

Antibiotic selection Abscesses, No. (%)
Beta-lactam 68 (40)
   Cephalosporin 54 (31)
   Amoxicillin-clavulanic acid 9 (5)
   Amoxicillin 1 (1)
   Dicloxacillin 1 (1)
   Combination beta-lactam 3 (2)
MRSA-active* 63 (37)
   TMP/SMX 45 (26)
   Vancomycin 7 (4)
   Clindamycin 4 (2)
   Tetracycline 1 (1)
   Combination MRSA-active 6 (3)
Beta-lactam plus MRSA-active 33 (19)
Fluoroquinolone 8 (5)
  1. Abbreviations: TMP/SMX, Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole; MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  2. * Drugs typically active against MRSA by susceptibility testing at PAMF-PA.