Skip to main content

Table 4 Treatment characteristics for participant’s most recent skin or soft tissue infection (SSTI) among those with a history of SSTIs who no longer had the infection at the time of survey administration (N = 55)

From: Treatment experiences for skin and soft tissue infections among participants of syringe service programs in North Carolina

  Number of Participants Percent, %
Sources of SSTI treatment   
Dealer or supplier 2 3.6
Friend or family member 27 49.1
Harm reduction organization 3 5.5
Healthcare provider (e.g., doctor's office, hospital) 34 61.8
Infection required:   
Emergency room visit 39 70.9
Hospitalization 21 38.9
Intravenous antibiotics 34 61.8
Antibiotic pills 47 85.5
Surgery 13 23.6
Infection resolved:   
On its own 6 10.9
Following antibiotics treatment without drainage 4 7.3
Following drainage but without antibiotic treatment 20 36.4
Following drainage and antibiotic treatment 25 45.5