The nurse reviews the culture results of a patient with osteomyelitis. The nurse would expect which organism to be the likely cause?


• S. aureus is the most common cause of osteomyelitis. It is commonly found on the skin and in the nares and can infect the bone through a break in the skin.

• Pseudomonas, tuberculosis, and H. influenzae can also cause osteomyelitis, but they are not as common as S. aureus.

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