Emerging Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance: A Laboratory Perspective

  • Daniel F. Sahm
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 390)

Abstract

The relatively recent emergence of antimicrobial resistance among several bacterial genera not only complicates the therapeutic management of infected patients,1 but also challenges laboratory testing practices and procedures. To effectively meet these challenges laboratorians must realize the important role they assume in the midst of this “resistance crisis” and re-evaluate their goals and responsibilities regarding provision of susceptibility data. In essence, we must focus this re-evaluation on three central issues regarding laboratory service:
  • Production of accurate and relevant susceptibility testing data

  • Surveillance of emerging resistance mechanisms and trends

  • Meaningful communication of results to physicians

Keywords

Disk Diffusion Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Clinical Laboratory Standard Methicillin Resistance Susceptibility Profile 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel F. Sahm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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