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Rapid Identification of Bacteria and Yeast: Summary of a National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards Proposed Guideline

Ellen Jo Baron

Edited by L. Barth Reller and Melvin P. Weinstein

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 2, pages 220-225
Published in print July 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321816
Rapid Identification of Bacteria and Yeast: Summary of a National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards Proposed Guideline

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Using colony morphology on selected agars, Gram-stain morphology, and a number of 1-step biochemical or enzymatic tests, skilled microbiologists can identify the species of the majority of isolates seen routinely in a clinical laboratory. These results are often available more quickly than and are as accurate as those derived from conventional methods. The National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards has produced a guideline that describes tests that can be used to identify a number of aerobic gram-negative rods and gram-positive cocci, a number of commonly isolated anaerobes, and 3 species of yeast. An overview of the organisms included in the guideline, the tests that identify them, and the situations in which rapid testing is appropriate is presented here.

Journal Article.  3344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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