Effective Screening for Resistant E. coli in 24 hours
Brilliance CRE Agar with E. coli (pale pink) and KESC group (blue) colonies
Thermo Scientific Brilliance ESBL Agar and Thermo Scientific Brilliance CRE Agar are screening tests to rapidly identify patients colonised with problematic Extended Spectrum Ss-Lactamase (ESBL) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) producing organisms, allowing appropriate infection control and treatment to commence sooner for the best possible patient outcome.
The reported trends towards E. coli and other Enterobacteriaceae as major causes of hospital-acquired infections means the ability to screen for drug-resistant strains is more important than ever.
Brilliance ESBL Agar differentiates ESBL-producing E. coli (blue colonies) from Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia and Citrobacter (KESC) organisms (green colonies). Brilliance CRE Agar provides presumptive identification of carbapenem-resistant E. coli (pink colonies) and (KESC) organisms (blue colonies), including those with the NDM-1 mechanism of resistance.
The composition of each medium is carefully formulated to ensure preferential recovery of target organisms, with excellent sensitivity and specificity being achieved. Chromogens within the medium provide easy differentiation of species; the semi-opaque background of the media contrast with the brightly coloured colonies.
Brilliance ESBL Agar with E. coli (blue) and KESC group (green) colonies
It is recognized that the only way to stop the spread of infections by resistant bacteria, such as ESBL and CRE, is to rapidly identify and isolate any hospital patients who are infected with the resistant strain2. Use of the Brilliance products allows laboratories to provide clinicians with results in 24 hours or less. This faster time to result accelerates the start of appropriate infection control measures, including accurate antibiotic prescription, for better patient outcomes.
1. BBC News, 23 May 2012. Hospital infections down but new strains emerging.
2. BBC News, 11 August 2010. New Superbug found in UK hospitals.
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Posted: May 28, 2012
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