Application of Automated and Rapid Microbiologic Assays in Various Health-Care Environments
In the past 15 years, there has been a virtual explosion of new techniques for the rapid detection and identification of microorganisms, as well as sophisticated procedures of automation (Goldschmidt 1980; Balows 1982). Currently, many of these procedures have progressed beyond the developmental and experimental, phases and are used routinely in clinical microbiology and immunology, in food and water microbiology, and in the pharmaceutical industries. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the application of some of these techniques to the field of environmental microbiology in a variety of health-care facilities such as hospitals and dialysis units.
KeywordsBacterial Endotoxin Dialysis Fluid Limulus Amebocyte Lysate Microbiologic Sampling Infection Control Program
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