The reliability of Microscan conventional and rapid panels to identify Staphylococcus aureus and detect methicillin resistance: an evaluation using the tube coagulase test and mecA PCR.


Microscan (Dade Diagnostics, Brisbane) Positive Combo Type 6 (312 panels) and Rapid Positive Breakpoint Type 1 (62 panels) were evaluated for Staphylococcus aureus identification, using the tube coagulase test (TC), and oxacillin susceptibility, using mecA. A total of 374 consecutive clinical staphylococci were tested, with TC and Microscan having 100… (More)


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