Evaluation of COPAN FecalSwab for Molecular Detection of Pathogens Using the BD Max Enteric Bacterial Panel

The Copan FecalSwab (FS) is an FDA-cleared collection device consisting of a flocked swab in modified Cary-Blair (CB) medium for transporting and preserving enteric stool pathogens for culture. Collection of a rectal swab specimen at the time the patient presents addresses the unmet clinical need of consistently obtaining a specimen for analysis. No GI molecular assays are FDA-cleared for use with the FS. The objective of this study was to evaluate and validate the FS for detection of GI pathogens using the BD MAXTM Enteric Bacterial Panel (EBP).