I would broaden the comment in the April 2012 article “10 Things Hospitalists Should Know about Infectious Diseases” regarding culturing decubitus ulcers to: “Do not swab any superficial dermatologic wound without sterilizing the surface and then subsequently expressing a sample from the underlying tissue.” I tell my trainees that, unless they sterilize, they might as well culture their ties and send that instead.
Explore this issue:April 2012
Clifford A. Kaye, MD, assistant professor,
Wayne State University SOM,
associate medical director of quality and hospital utilization,
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit