Oxoid products detect and confirm antibiotic resistant organisms
With continuing concern over antibiotic-resistant organisms, it is vitally important that clinicians have the best information possible about a patient 's illness before prescribing. Thermo Scientific has a range of products that can be used to detect and confirm antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRSA (Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci) so that the most appropriate course of treatment can be instigated as rapidly as possible.
Many hospitals routinely screen patients for MRSA and use Thermo Scientific's ORSAB (Oxacillin Resistant Screening Agar Base) for the detection of the organism from swab samples. ORSAB provides exactly the right conditions for MRSA to grow and so even if it is present in low numbers it can be recovered and detected. Laboratories find ORSAB particularly simple to use - if MRSA colonies are present they turn an intense blue colour (see picture) making visual identification easy. This is of particular significance when a large number of samples are examined as part of a hospital's screening programme.
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Posted on August 18, 2004