Automated Detection of Bacterial Growth for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing
Many pathogens show highly variable in vitro antibiotic susceptibility test patterns. Availability of susceptibility results on organisms isolated from the patient is most important in assisting the clinician in selection of therapeutic agents. Unfortunately, most susceptibility testing procedures require considerable time for completion. Therefore, the choice of antimicrobial drug depends on disease symptoms, and the anticipated susceptibility pattern of organisms likely to cause such symptoms. Additionally, local susceptibility patterns are monitored to avoid prescribing drugs to which the population is resistant and to detect emergence of new resistant patterns or newly resistant strains.
KeywordsVancomycin Tetracycline Gentamicin Coumarin Staphylococcus
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