Swab type, moistening, and preenrichment for Staphylococcus aureus on environmental surfaces.

@article{Landers2010SwabTM,
  title={Swab type, moistening, and preenrichment for Staphylococcus aureus on environmental surfaces.},
  author={Timothy F. Landers and Armando E. Hoet and Thomas E Wittum},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={48 6},
  pages={2235-6}
}
We compared five swabs, dry or premoistened and with or without preenrichment, to detect surface contamination with Staphylococcus aureus. Sensitivities varied based on swab type, as follows: 71.9% and 75% for rayon, 71.2% for cotton, 81.3% for polyester, and 53.2% for calcium alginate. Preenrichment improved sensitivity (80%, versus 61.3% for direct-plated… CONTINUE READING