Ron Bartlett

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Over a 12 month period, 61 isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MR-SA) were obtained in 23 hospitalized patients. Eight-six per cent of the patients were over 50 years of age, and 91 per cent were in the postoperative period. In 10 patients (42 per cent), MR-SA was the major pathogen, producing either pneumonia, empyema, osteomyelitis,(More)
We assessed the ability of reagent strip screening to predict the finding of blood cells and bacteria using an automated urinalysis workstation (The Yellow IRIS, International Remote Imaging Systems, Chatsworth, Calif) in 427 specimens submitted for urine culture. The sensitivities of leukocyte esterase, hemoglobin, and nitrite detection on reagent strips(More)
Bilinear cellular aut omata (CA) are those whose next sta te may be expressed as a bilinear form (inner product) of the neighboring st ates. In this paper it is shown that, unlike linear CA , the bilinear CA over Z~ are 1r-univers al , that is, capable of simula ting any CA of the sam e dimension, and hence also capable of simula t ing any (universal)(More)
The frequency with which isolation of more than one bacterial species from urine signifies treatable mixed infection versus contamination or colonization is not known. The authors studied 247 patients yielding mixed urine cultures. Specimens were collected by clean catch (CC) from 88 and from closed drainage systems (CDS) from 159. A second specimen was(More)
Microdilution and broth dilution techniques were compared for the susceptibility testing of 50 clinical yeast isolates to 5-fluorocytosine and amphotericin B. Good correlation between methods was obtained with all isolates except Cryptococcus neoformans.
The proliferation of antimicrobial agents introduced for the treatment of increasingly complex infectious diseases, coupled with the obligation to provide the best possible medical care in keeping with hospital fiscal constraints, has created a need for strategic decision-making about antibiotics at the formulary level. The following experience at the(More)
The lysis-centrifugation technique (ISOLATOR; E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, Del.) and the radiometric blood culture technique (BACTEC; Johnston Laboratories, Inc., Cockeysville, Md.) were compared on 1,000 blood cultures. A total of 16 ml of blood was distributed: 8 ml into an ISOLATOR 7.5 microbial tube and 4 ml each into BACTEC 7C and 8B(More)