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Sensitivity and identification tests

Sebastian G. B. Amyes

in Antibacterial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199581368
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199581368.003.0004

Series: Oxford Infectious Diseases Library

Sensitivity and identification tests

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• Sensitivity tests on live bacteria versus tests performed using just the bacterial DNA. • Determination of the ‘gold-standard’ for bacterial sensitivity, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and recent introduction of the ?test. • Bacterial breakpoints and how should they be set. • The introduction of automated tests. • The importance of National and International Guidelines. • Why it is crucial to distinguish between surveillance and epidemiology and why surveillance usually over-estimates the proportion of resistant bacteria in the population.

Chapter.  3832 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Oncology

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