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

Wisgrill, Lukas, MD*; Berger, Angelika, MD*; Waldhör, Thomas, PhD; Makristathis, Athanasios, MD; Assadian, Ojan, MD§; Rittenschober-Böhm, Judith, MD*

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: April 2019 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 422–423
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002089
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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.

From the *Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Department of Epidemiology, Center of Public Health

Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine

§Department of Infection Control and Hospital Hygiene, Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Accepted for publication April 20, 2018.

This work was funded by the routine research fund of the Medical University of Vienna.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Lukas Wisgrill, MD, Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18–20, 1090 Vienna, Austria. E-mail: lukas.wisgrill@meduniwien.ac.at.

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