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Comparison of PCR/Electron spray Ionization-Time-of-Flight-Mass Spectrometry versus Traditional Clinical Microbiology for active surveillance of organisms contaminating high-use surfaces in a burn intensive care unit, an orthopedic ward and healthcare workers

  • Heather C Yun1, 2Email author,
  • Rachael E Kreft3,
  • Mayra A Castillo1,
  • Garth D Ehrlich3, 4Email author,
  • Charles H Guymon5,
  • Helen K Crouch1,
  • Kevin K Chung2, 5,
  • Joseph C Wenke5,
  • Joseph R Hsu5,
  • Tracy L Spirk3,
  • J William Costerton3,
  • Katrin Mende1, 6 and
  • Clinton K Murray1, 2
BMC Infectious Diseases201212:252

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-252

Received: 11 July 2012

Accepted: 20 September 2012

Published: 10 October 2012

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Original Submission
11 Jul 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
30 Jul 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Nicasio Mancini
10 Aug 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Jens Jørgen Christensen
16 Aug 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Yen-Peng Ho
20 Sep 2012 Author responded Author comments - Heather Yun
Resubmission - Version 3
20 Sep 2012 Submitted Manuscript version 3
20 Sep 2012 Editorially accepted
10 Oct 2012 Article published 10.1186/1471-2334-12-252

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Authors’ Affiliations

San Antonio Military Medical Center
Uniformed Services University
Center for Genomic Sciences, Allegheny Singer Research Institute
Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program, Uniformed Services University