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Summary

The results were compared of submitting simple swabs, swabs in Stuart’s Transport Medium (STM) and swabs in Robertson’s cooked-meat broth (RCMB), from 100 potentially or definitely infected sites in patients undergoing general surgery. Significantly more positive bacterial cultures were obtained from swabs sent in RCMB (65), than from swabs sent either in STM (39) or as simple swabs (32). The isolation of potentially significant organisms from only the RCMB series could influence clinical management. The conventional reluctance of bacteriologists to accept evidence obtained from RCMB cultures seeded directly in the ward or at operation is challenged.

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