Clinically significant differences in antibiograms of morphologic variants of blood culture isolates

Lois B. Travis, James Maclowry

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The present environment of cost containment frequently forces laboratories to reassess various strategies for the diagnostic work-up of patient specimens. The necessity for the performance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing on all morphologic variants of blood culture isolates was examined in this study. Over a 4-year period, of 143 such organisms that were identified, 56 (39%) exhibited clinically significant differences in antibiogram profiles. Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus represented the largest proportion of isolates (n = 115), 39% of which demonstrated clinically significant differences in antibiograms. The authors conclude that these results justify the current practice in their laboratory of performing separate antimicrobial susceptibility testing on all morphologic variants of isolates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Cost Control
Coagulase
Staphylococcus
Blood Culture

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  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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Clinically significant differences in antibiograms of morphologic variants of blood culture isolates. / Travis, Lois B.; Maclowry, James.

In: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1989, p. 177-179.

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