On 2008-11-06 18:58:51 -0500, "N10" <limbic_lesion from hotmail.com> said:
>> "Loh Han Liat" <hanliat from tp.edu.sg> wrote in message
> news:mailman.643.1225999747.29717.microbio from net.bio.net...> Hi All,
>>>> I've got questions regarding the reporting of enumeration results based
> on plating. The same issue occurs with several testing methods from
> FDA-BAM as well as AOAC, and I really need some good advice.
>>>> I'll use the example of enumerating for S. aureus, according to FDA-BAM.
>>>> Accordingly, I'll divide 1 ml of inoculum over 3 Baird-Parker agar
> plates. After incubation, I'll select plates that have 20-200 colonies,
> add up the S. aureus colonies on the 3 plates and report as count per g
> X the dilution factor. Of course prior to this, I would have determined
> the fraction of "true" S. aureus among the presumptive colonies and all
>>>> Now, the problem is I never get anywhere close to 20 colonies on any of
> my plates, for example, as in the table below.
>> Plate 1 (0.4 ml)
>> Plate 2 (0.3 ml)
>> Plate 3 (0.3 ml)
>> 5 colonies
>> 4 colonies
>> 5 colonies
>>>> Assume that I've already confirmed all 14 colonies are S. aureus, how do
> I report my results?
>>>> There's a clause somewhere in the manual that says if the count from the
> lowest dilution is < 20, I could still use the plates. Does this mean I
> could report the results as 140 cfu/g? If not, how should I report the
>>>> Also how should I report the results if there're no colonies on any of
> the plates?
>>>> Any advice, opinions or comments from anyone with any experience in this
> area would be greatly appreciated.
>>>> Thank you very much!
>>> Hi Hl
>>> If you are following your protocol exactly then you are no doubt returning
> the correct result. The problem with microbiological assays of this type is
> that at low levels of isolation there is usually a high degree of "
> Uncertainty" associated with the result of obtained At high levels of
> uncertainty you really should report your result with a caveat expresing
> the range for upper an lower limits within which results might reside.
>> YOu need to carry out a validation exercise to calculate the degree of
> uncertainty associated with this assay in your lab and possibley with
> respect to concensus results in ring trials. Uncertainty is a statiscally
> quanity related to confidence limits ( therefore functions of varience and
> SD) and which takes into account repeatability, reporducability , precision
> and bias. There are no set rules for the calculation of uncertainty but
> some stable guide lines do exist based on sound statiscal criteria.
>> Thsi link might help as will many other ; google "Microbiological
> uncertainty of meadsurement
>> Until then report your results :- Any isolation of confirm SA is
> significant ..usually.
>> Hope this helps
Your calculation seems to be correct, and if so, direct plating of your
suspension should give sufficient countable colonies in the 20 - 200
cfu range. It would confirm your dilution results.
John Gentile MS, M(ASCP)
Laboratory Information Mgr.
VA Medical Center
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