TABLE 1.

Comparison of results obtained by MSA-FOX culture and the IDI-MRSA PCR assay for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus directly from various types of surveillance swabs

Source of swabsNo. of samples
TotalCulture positive, PCR positiveCulture negative, PCR negativeCulture positive, PCR negativeCulture negative, PCR positive
Axilla-groin2171400
Nasal-axilla-groin-perineum1645010527
Perineum2681413
Rectum82600
Wound88285415
Total30795193415