Table 3

PCR/Electron spray ionization-time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (PCR/ESI-TOF-MS) versus traditional clinical microbiology (TCM) for detection of most frequently recovered potentially clinically relevant pathogens, plus coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS), contaminating healthcare workers and personal protective equipment
PCR/ESI-TOF-MS (n = 77) TCM (n = 23)
Organism Hands pre-care Gloves Gowns Hands post-care Hands pre-care Gloves Gowns Hands post -care
CNS 12 6 8 12 4 4 3 3
Staphylococcus aureus 3 3 1 3 1 1
Streptococci* 9 4 3 1 1
Acinetobacter spp.** 3 1 1
Enterobacter spp.*** 1 2
Escherichia coli 1 1
Klebsiella pneumoniae 1 3 1 1
Pseudomonas spp.**** 1 1
Candida spp.***** 2

*TCM: 1 Group D Streptococcus; PCR/ESI-TOF-MS: 7 S. agalactiae, 10 viridans group streptococci.

**TCM: 1 A. baumannii; PCR/EIS-MS: 2 A. baumannii, 2 A. calcoaceticus.

***TCM: 2 Enterobacter aerogenes; PCR/ESI-TOF-MS: 1 E. aerogenes.

****PCR/ESI-TOF-MS: 1 Pseudomonas fluorescens, 1 Pseudomonas mendocina.

*****PCR/ESI-TOF-MS: 1 C. albicans, 1 Candida glabrata.

Yun et al.

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

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