L.A.M.Buisman at cable.A2000.nl
Tue Jan 18 15:48:48 EST 2000
> Yes, it's done on isolated colonies. I guess I meant to say that it
> tests for methicillin resistance in known S. aureus colonies. I also
> meant that we use it for isolation of patients with MRSA not isolating
> the organism itself. Not too clear was I?
> Being able to read the test in four hours allows us to get patients
> into isolation a day earlier than waiting overnight for most other
> methods that would give an MIC. They really don't care what the MIC
> is, they just want to know if it's methicillin resistant.
Exactly, methicillin resistance is important. Anything else is interesting for science
and epidemiology, I suppose.Does that mean that every Staph aureus is tested with the
Is the problem really that big where you are?
> As far as numbers, all I know is that BD tested some 600 or so
> isolates and claim 100% accuracy.
I was afraid so. Does anybody have independent figures?
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