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Surveillance Cultures for Detection of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Diagnostic Yield of Anatomic Sites and Comparison of Provider‐ and Patient‐Collected Samples

Ebbing Lautenbach , MD, MPH, MSCE, Irving Nachamkin , DrPH, MPH, Baofeng Hu , MD, Neil O. Fishman , MD, Pam Tolomeo , MPH, Priya Prasad , MPH, Warren B. Bilker , PhD and Theoklis E. Zaoutis , MD, MSCE
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 30, No. 4 (April 2009), pp. 380-382
DOI: 10.1086/596045
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/596045
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Abstract

We studied provider‐ and patient‐collected samples from multiple anatomic sites to determine the yield for detection of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Sampling of multiple sites was required to achieve a sensitivity of more than 90% for MRSA colonization. Groin and perineum samples yielded positive results significantly more often for community‐onset MRSA than for hospital‐onset MRSA. Agreement rates between provider‐ and patient‐collected swab specimens were excellent.

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