Comparison of swab and sponge methodologies for identification of Acinetobacter baumannii from the hospital environment

Kerri A. Thom, Tracy Howard, Sophie Sembajwe, Anthony D. Harris, Paula Strassle, Brian S. Caffo, Karen C. Carroll, J. Kristie Johnson

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Abstract

The ideal sampling method for identification of Acinetobacter baumannii from the health care environment is unknown. In this study, we sampled 145 surfaces in the rooms of patients with known A. baumannii colonization/ infection, comparing two methods: swab and sponge. The sensitivity of the swab method was 87%, while the sensitivity of the sponge method was 75%. Given the comparable results, use of the cheaper and less laborious swab technique is acceptable and may be preferable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2140-2141
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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