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The importance of Microbiological collection devices- not all are created equal!

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J Laughlin, Microbiology Department; South West London Pathology, St Georges University Hospital; London

In light of the emphasis being placed on quality in the clinical laboratory, and given the increased awareness of the importance of the pre-analytical phase of specimen processing, the selection of the most appropriate collection device cannot be overemphasized. While swab systems are considered less optimal than direct plating for culturing purposes,

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