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Identification of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus hominis from blood cultures by testing susceptibility to desferrioxamine

Lindsay, J.A., Aravena-Román, M.A. and Riley, T.V. (1993) Identification of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus hominis from blood cultures by testing susceptibility to desferrioxamine. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 12 (2). pp. 127-131.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01967590
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Abstract

Testing susceptibility to desferrioxamine has recently been described as a method for the identification of Staphylococcus epidermidis. This method was compared to a commercial test and the tube coagulase test for the identification of staphylococci from blood cultures and other fluid specimens. A total of 216 isolates was tested over a 13-month period. Sensitivity of the desferrioxamine test in identifying isolates of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus hominis was 97.3 %, while specificity was 91.8 %. When isolates displaying discrepant desferrioxamine results were characterized using recently described interpretive criteria, sensitivity and specificity of the desferrioxamine test improved to 100 %. The desferrioxamine test was reliable, inexpensive and simple to perform, and should prove useful in the diagnostic laboratory.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 1993 Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35447
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