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Validation of the VITEK2 and the Advance Expert System with a collection of Enterobacteriaceae harboring extended spectrum or inhibitor resistant beta-lactamases.

The susceptibility testing accuracy of the VITEK2 system and the ability of the Advance Expert System ( AES) to provide interpretive readings were evaluated against 86 extended spectrum (ESBL) and 6 inhibitor-resistant-TEM (IRT) beta-lactamases producing Enterobacteriaceae clinical isolates. VITEK2 MICs of 12 beta-lactams were compared with those obtained by the standard NCCLS microdilution technique. The overall essential agreement ( +/- 1 log dilution) was 87.8%. Discrepancies were mainly observed with cefepime (30.3% of total number of discrepancies), ceftazidime (21.2%), and cefotaxime (15.1%). MIC discrepancies were slightly higher in CTX-M- (14.4%) than in TEM- (12.5%) or SHV- (11.9%) type ESBL producers and were rare in IRT producers (1.4%). Overall interpretive agreement was 92.5% and minor, major, and very major errors were 5.4%, 1.7%, and 2.1%, respectively. The AES was able to identify an ESBL phenotype in 85 out of 86 isolates (98.8%) and an IRT phenotype in all 6 isolates harboring these enzymes, thus reducing very major errors to 0.9%. The VITEK2 system, in conjunction with the AES software, is a reliable tool for detection of ESBL or IRT producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates.[1]

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  1. Validation of the VITEK2 and the Advance Expert System with a collection of Enterobacteriaceae harboring extended spectrum or inhibitor resistant beta-lactamases. Cantón, R., Pérez-Vázquez, M., Oliver, A., Coque, T.M., Loza, E., Ponz, F., Baquero, F. Diagn. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. (2001) [Pubmed]
 
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