Clinicians treating an infection assess a patient in terms of disease manifestation, causative organism and available antibiotic options with the aim of devising a therapeutic strategy under the creed of first, do no harm . It is often only when treatment is failing or options are limited, as in the scenario of multidrug-resistant organisms, that consideration is given to the interplay that occurs between the microbe and the host. The emergence of Staphylococcus aureus with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin provides a prime example of these dynamic interactions. This review shall explore these concepts in relation to vancomycin for the treatment of methicillin-resistant S. aureus, with the aim of providing an informed approach to the utilization of this drug.
Lee, J. Y., & Howden, B. P. (2015). Vancomycin in the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - a clinician's guide to the science informing current practice. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, 13(7), 855 - 869. https://doi.org/10.1586/14787210.2015.1041924