> Yes, it's done on isolated colonies. I guess I meant to say that it
> tests for methicillin resistance in known S. aureus colonies. I also
> meant that we use it for isolation of patients with MRSA not isolating
> the organism itself. Not too clear was I?
>> Being able to read the test in four hours allows us to get patients
> into isolation a day earlier than waiting overnight for most other
> methods that would give an MIC. They really don't care what the MIC
> is, they just want to know if it's methicillin resistant.
Exactly, methicillin resistance is important. Anything else is interesting for science
and epidemiology, I suppose.Does that mean that every Staph aureus is tested with the
Is the problem really that big where you are?
> As far as numbers, all I know is that BD tested some 600 or so
> isolates and claim 100% accuracy.
I was afraid so. Does anybody have independent figures?