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What Is the Best Method? Recovery of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing Escherichia coli from Inanimate Hospital Surfaces

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Tânia Claro*
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland
Sandra Galvin
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland
Orla Cahill
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Engineering and National Centre for Plasma Science Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland
Stephen Daniels
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Engineering and National Centre for Plasma Science Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
Hilary Humphreys
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland Department of Microbiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland
*
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland (tpedrosaclaro@rcsi.ie).

Extract

Environmental sampling in hospitals, when required, needs to be reliable. We evaluated different methods of sampling methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and extended-spectrum β-lactamase–producing Escherichia coli on 5 materials of the hospital setting. Petrifilms and contact plates were superior to swabs for all of the surfaces studied.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(7):869–871

Type
Concise Communication
Copyright
© 2014 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved.

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