Sensitivities of nasal and rectal swabs for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in an active surveillance program.

@article{Currie2008SensitivitiesON,
  title={Sensitivities of nasal and rectal swabs for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in an active surveillance program.},
  author={Andrea Currie and Linda K Davis and Ewa E Odrobina and Suzanne Waldman and Diane F White and Joanne Tomassi and Kevin C. Katz},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={46 9},
  pages={3101-3}
}
All medical and high-risk surgical patients were screened for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization over 3.5 years. The sensitivities of nasal and rectal swabs were 68% and 62%, respectively. Naris and open-skin-site swabs detected 467 (74%) of 627 adult carriers identified. Rectal swabs detected an additional 160 (26%) carriers.