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Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

A Pediatric Dermatological Emergency

Jordan, Kathleen S., DNP, RN, FNP-C, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN

Section Editor(s): Martinez, Nicole MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 129–134
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000235

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a major exfoliating skin infection primarily seen in neonates and young children that can lead to serious morbidity. Although this condition is not commonly encountered, evidence indicates that the incidence and prevalence of this infection is increasing. It is essential that emergency care providers are knowledgeable regarding the differential diagnosis and clinical-decision making process for accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment. This case study highlights the challenges faced in the emergency department in the diagnosis and management of SSSS, including pathophysiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis and medical management.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medicine Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Corresponding Author: Kathleen S. Jordan, DNP, RN, FNP-C, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN, 3839 Swanson Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673 (

Disclosure: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

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