N. Parmar parmar at galena.geology.utoronto.ca
Tue Jan 2 16:02:30 EST 2001

At 09:38 AM 1/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
>From:	John Gentile [mailto:yjgent at home.com]
><mailto:[mailto:yjgent at home.com]> 
>Sent:	Tuesday, December 26, 2000 1:52 AM
>To:	microbio at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk <mailto:microbio at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk> 
>Subject:	Re: R: API Rapid20E
>I've used API's since the mid 70's and when I got to my present hospital
>(20yrs ago) they were using a Vitek (system #72). I hated it and wished I
>could use just the API's. Well, over the years they have vastly improved and
>after I went to St. Louis for training I became a real Vitek advocate. I
>never had any problems with bubbles - the trick is to make sure the filling
>tube is in tight and ALWAYS tap the corner of the card to send any bubbles
>up into the bubble trap.
>3 years ago we were forced to switch to MicroScan. Even after going to
>training I still prefer the Vitek. Now that I've moved out of micro I hear
>that the new techs really like the Microscan and all I can tell them is that
>you've never used the Vitek. I just trusted the Vitek results more. I even
>tried to prove which system had better agreement with KB. It was a wash-both
>scored about 95-96%. So I guess my trust in Vitek is just a feeling not
>backed up by any proof.
>John Gentile                            Rhode Island Apple Group
>yjgent at home.com <mailto:yjgent at home.com>                          Past
>President, Publicity Chairman
>"I never make mistakes, I only have unexpected learning opportunities"
>	> From:	wasgross at aol.com <mailto:wasgross at aol.com>  (WasGross)
>	> Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com <http://www.aol.com> 
>	> Newsgroups: bionet.microbiology
>	> Date: 26 Dec 2000 00:32:40 GMT
>	> Subject:	Re: R: API Rapid20E
>	> 
>	> I think it can often be what one is use to. Our lab uses Microscan
>	> and conventional )and API 20E's (rarely). I can inoculate an API
>	> quickly
>	> but having also been in Micro for 26 years I gained experience
>with them when
>	> we used them as the only ID system in our lab many years ago.
>	> I found the bubbles in the Vitek cards a big pain. But I know labs
>that use
>	> the Vitek and love it. The lab I work in has only "looked" at it
>and never
>	> used
>	> it on a regular basis.
>	> What LIS does the lab you work in use, Judy?
>	> Do you use Lim Broths for GBS?
>	> I like to chat with other Clinical Lab Microbiologists.
>	> Oh... I do not work for API or Microscan.
>	> 
Dr. Nagina Parmar
Department Of Geology
University Of Toronto
M5S 3B1
Ph 416-978-0549
fax 416-978-3938
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