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Comparison of culture media for detecting methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase negative staphylococci.
  1. L M Milne,
  2. G D Curtis,
  3. M Crow,
  4. W A Kraak,
  5. J B Selkon
  1. Public Health Laboratory, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.


    The detection of methicillin resistance was examined in 51 strains of Staphylococcus aureus and 135 strains of coagulase negative staphylococci using Isosensitest, Diagnostic Sensitivity Test (DST), Mueller-Hinton (MH), Columbia, and Sensitest agars. MH agar with 5% added sodium chloride incubated at 35 degrees C was the most effective in detecting resistance in S aureus, and Columbia agar with 5% added sodium chloride incubated at 35 degrees C was most effective for coagulase negative staphylococci. For clinical purposes, a provisional report of sensitivity for S aureus could be issued after 18 hours; with coagulase negative staphylococci, only resistant strains could be reported at this time. For definitive results cultures must be examined after 40 hours of incubation.

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