Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 2:1-3. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.53. Online ahead of print.
Two methods to sample pathogens from gloved hands were compared: direct imprint onto agar and a sponge-wipe method. The sponge method was significantly better at recovering Clostridiodes difficile spores, and no difference was observed between the methods at 101 inoculum for carbapenemase-producing KPC+ Klebsiella pneumoniae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Acinetobacter baumannii.