Gram-stain by a new specimen collection system


A comparison of results of Gram stain smears prepared from clinical specimens collected with flocked swabs and transported in an ESwab system with those collected with traditional rayon swab in Amies Gel Transystem (Copan Italia) was made on 240 slides prepared from specimens collected from 80 patients and showed that the quality of smear preparation from the ESwab system, allowed for easier identification of human cells and identification of greater number of microorganisms. Organisms more readily seen in ESwab preparations were: yeasts, Gram-negative bacilli, and Gram-positive and Gram-negative diplococci.