Escherichia coli, Hospitals, Interior Design and Furnishings, Methicillin Resistance, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Quality Control, Specimen Handling, beta-Lactamases
This study was funded by a Translational Research Award from Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board (TRA/2010/ 10).
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.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Claro T, Galvin S, Cahill O, Fitzgerald-Hughes D, Daniels S, Humphreys H. What is the best method? Recovery of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli from inanimate hospital surfaces. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014;35(7):869-71.
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