alexa Evaluation of the Etest GRD for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus with reduced susceptibility to glycopeptides.


Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

Author(s): Leonard SN, Rossi KL, Newton KL, Rybak MJ

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Abstract OBJECTIVES: Continued glycopeptide-selective pressure has led to non-susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus including heterogeneously vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (hVISA). The gold standard for identification of hVISA is the population analysis profile area under the curve ratio (PAP-AUC), though this method is time-consuming and labour-intensive. The objective of this study was to compare a new method for detection of hVISA, the Etest GRD, to PAP-AUC and to macro Etest. METHODS: One hundred clinical hVISA and 50 clinical fully vancomycin-susceptible S. aureus (VSSA), confirmed by PAP-AUC, were evaluated. Microtitre and Etest MICs were determined by standard testing procedures on all isolates. Macro Etest was performed according to referenced procedures. The Etest GRD was tested using a 0.5 McFarland standard on Mueller-Hinton agar + 5\% blood and read at 24 and 48 h. If either the vancomycin or the teicoplanin end of the GRD strip was >or=8 and the vancomycin Etest was
  • DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkn520
  • This article was published in J Antimicrob Chemother and referenced in Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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