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Efficient detection and long-term persistence of the carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
It is indicated that the majority of readmitted carriers harbor MRSA for > 3 years and that, in this population, culture of the anterior nares alone (with culture of wound or sputum, when present) is a valid and efficient method for the detection of persistent MRSA carriage. Expand
Quality control guidelines for National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards recommended broth macrodilution testing of amphotericin B, fluconazole, and flucytosine
Good performance with all three drugs was observed for Candida parapsilosis ATCC 22019 and C. krusei ATCC 6258, and these two strains are recommended for QC testing of amphotericin B, fluconazole, and 5FC. Expand
Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in a surgical intensive care unit: probable transmission via hands of a health care worker.
The geographic and temporal clustering of carriage with an outbreak due to a strain of an apparently identical molecular type underlines the importance of routine hand washing between contacts with different patients. Expand
Usefulness of a test for slime production as a marker for clinically significant infections with coagulase-negative staphylococci.
Prosthetic device removal in addition to antibiotic treatment significantly improved the outcome in patients with infections due to slime-positive organisms when compared with treatment with antibiotics alone. Expand
Comparison of the Quantum II, API Yeast Ident, and AutoMicrobic systems for identification of clinical yeast isolates
The overall accuracy of the Quantum II, AMS-YBC, and API Yeast Ident systems was not sufficient to recommend any of these systems for routine use in the clinical microbiology laboratory without substantial expansion of the respective data bases. Expand
Comparison of the Quantum II Bacterial Identification System and the AutoMicrobic System for the identification of gram-negative bacilli
The Quantum II Bacterial Identification System (BID; Abbott Laboratories) is a microprocessor-based spectrophotometric system for identification within 4 to 5 h of both enteric and nonentericExpand
Multicenter comparison of a colorimetric microdilution broth method with the reference macrodilution method for in vitro susceptibility testing of yeast isolates.
It is apparent that new approaches, such as the colorimetric microdilutions method, will provide MIC values comparable to the M27-P macrodilution method in a format that is more practical for use in a busy clinical laboratory. Expand
Antifungal activity of a new triazole, D0870, compared with four other antifungal agents tested against clinical isolates of Candida and Torulopsis glabrata.
D0870 has promising antifungal activity and warrants further in vitro and in vivo investigation, according to NCCLS guidelines. Expand
Application of the Etest to antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Legionella spp.
The Etest on BCYE provides a simple, readily available, and accurate method unaffected by medium components for susceptibility testing of Legionella spp, which is known to inactivate some antimicrobial agents. Expand
Identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by pyocyanin production on Tech agar
Tech agar is an effective, simple, and inexpensive medium for P. aeruginosa identification and may be used as a unique test for all potential P. aircrafts isolates (beta hemolytic on blood agar; lactose-negative, oxidase-positive colonies). Expand