Relapse of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection – patient information sheet

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (septicaemia) information card

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You were recently diagnosed with a blood infection caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus (“Golden Staph”). This infection has been treated with intravenous antibiotics. Whilst this usually cures the infection, there is a possibility that your infection could return within 3 months following completion of treatment.

You are advised to keep watch for any of the following symptoms:

  • fever, chills, sweats or shakes
  • headache, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness
  • back ache or pain
  • breathlessness
  • chest pain

If you develop any of these symptoms, then contact your General Practitioner as soon as possible or go to an emergency department. Take this card with you to any medical consultation.  Also note that before any antibiotics are given to you, you will need to have a small amount of blood taken to look for any infection.

If you have any questions, please discuss this with your hospital doctor prior to going home.

Date of blood stream infection: _______________

Type of Staphylococcus aureus isolated  from blood (circle) MRSA / MSSA

Name: Signed: Date:

Contact number:


  • HNELHD Guideline – Management of S. aureus bloodstream (SAB) infection
    • (includes information on local SAB relapse rates –
      • 1,005 community adult events, 2008-2013- relapse within 3 months occurred in 1.6%, 67 paediatric community SAB events- no relapses recorded;
      • 457 non-renal, healthcare-associated SAB events – adults 2.2%, 23 paediatric HCA events – relapse in 1 child;
      • 131 renal service HCA SAB events- relapse rate 7.4% ).

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