Comparison of nylon-flocked swab and cellulose sponge methods for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and gram-negative organism recovery from high-touch surfaces in patient rooms

Clare Rock, Michael Anderson, Shawna Lewis, Verna Scheeler, Elaine Nowakowski, Yea-Jen Hsu, Aaron Milstone, Karen C Carroll, Lisa Maragakis, Patricia Simner

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Abstract

The ideal sampling method and benefit of qualitative versus quantitative culture for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) recovery in hospitalized patient rooms and bathrooms is unknown. Although the use of nylon-flocked swabs improved overall gram-negative organism recovery compared with cellulose sponges, they were similar for CRE recovery. Quantitative culture was inferior and unrevealing beyond the qualitative results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Patients' Rooms
Carbapenems
Nylons
Touch
Porifera
Enterobacteriaceae
Cellulose
Toilet Facilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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