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What Is the Best Method? Recovery of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing Escherichia coli from Inanimate Hospital Surfaces

  • Tânia Claro (a1), Sandra Galvin (a1), Orla Cahill (a2), Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes (a1), Stephen Daniels (a2) and Hilary Humphreys (a1) (a3)...


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.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(7):869–871


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Department of Clinical Microbiology, Education, and Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland (


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