Comparison of 3 swab transport systems for direct release and recovery of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2008 Dec;62(4):471-3. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2008.08.004. Epub 2008 Sep 23.


The ability to directly release 5 aerobic and 5 anaerobic bacterial strains from 3 swab transport systems was evaluated by a time zero roll-plate method. The Copan ESwab (Copan Diagnostics, Murrieta, CA), a new nylon-flocked swab with Amies liquid medium, yielded greater organism release and recovered approximately 10-fold more microorganisms than the Becton Dickinson (Sparks, MD) CultureSwab MaxV and Remel (Lenexa, KS) BactiSwab.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria, Aerobic / physiology*
  • Bacteria, Anaerobic / physiology*
  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / instrumentation*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Transportation