Combination of Nasal and Expanded Skin Swabs Enhances the Detection Rate of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Premature Infants


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Abstract

Nasal cultures are commonly used to detect carriers of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) in infants. Combination of nasal and skin swabs has been shown to enhance the detection rate of SA colonization in adult hospitalized patients. Combining nasal swabs with expanded body skin swabs enhanced detection of SA colonization in premature infants in a tertiary care neonatal department.

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