Table 2

PCR/Electron spray ionization-time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (PCR/ESI-TOF-MS) versus traditional clinical microbiology (TCM) for detection of pathogens of potential clinical relevance on healthcare worker hands/personal protective equipment and high-use surfaces (nā€‰=ā€‰158)
PCR/ESI-TOF-MS # sites with at least one organism recovered (%) TCM # sites with at least one organism recovered (%) p value
Any potentially clinically relevant organism* Including streptococci 123 (77.8) 20 (12.7) <0.01
Not including streptococci 94 (59.4) 19 (12.8) <0.01
Six most common bacteria recovered from clinical cultures** 58 (36.7%) 16 (10.1) <0.01

*S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, Enterobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Acinetobacter spp., Aerobic gram-negative rods (see Figure 1), Candida spp., E. coli, Enterococcus spp., and Haemophilus influenzae.

**S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, Enterobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Acinetobacter spp., and E. coli.

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Yun et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:252   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-252

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