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Laboratory evaluation of the Sigma Transwab® transport system for the recovery of Candida species using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) document M40-A2

Adukwu, Emmanuel; Elcocks, Ellena

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Ellena Elcocks



Abstract

Rising healthcare complications due to fungal infections increase the importance of efficient specimen collection and maintenance systems for correct identification and diagnosis. The CLSI M40-A2 protocol provides guidelines for laboratories assessing quality of medical transport devices, including swab transport systems (STS). This study assessed the efficiency of the Sigma Transwab® foam and flock swab in recovering and maintaining viability of different Candida spp. including C. auris, in different test conditions. Both swab types recovered and maintained viability of all Candida spp. with greater CFU at room temperature after incubation (24 and 48h) in comparison with swabs maintained at 4°C.

Citation

Adukwu, E., & Elcocks, E. (2021). Laboratory evaluation of the Sigma Transwab® transport system for the recovery of Candida species using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) document M40-A2. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 40, 735-738. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10096-020-04062-9

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 13, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Sep 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2021
Journal European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Print ISSN 0934-9723
Electronic ISSN 1435-4373
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Pages 735-738
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10096-020-04062-9
Keywords swabs, medical devices, yeasts, candida species
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6732571

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