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

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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.

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