Standardization of Operator-Dependent Variables Affecting Precision and Accuracy of the Disk Diffusion Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing.

@article{Hombach2015StandardizationOO,
  title={Standardization of Operator-Dependent Variables Affecting Precision and Accuracy of the Disk Diffusion Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing.},
  author={Michael Hombach and Florian P Maurer and Tamara Pfiffner and Erik C B{\"o}ttger and Reinhard Furrer},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={53 12},
  pages={
          3864-9
        }
}
Parameters like zone reading, inoculum density, and plate streaking influence the precision and accuracy of disk diffusion antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST). While improved reading precision has been demonstrated using automated imaging systems, standardization of the inoculum and of plate streaking have not been systematically investigated yet. This study analyzed whether photometrically controlled inoculum preparation and/or automated inoculation could further improve the… CONTINUE READING
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