Comparative study of 3 carbapenem-hydrolysis methods for the confirmation of carbapenemase production in Enterobacteriaceae

Ohad Shalom, Amos Adler

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Abstract

The goals of the study were to examine the analytic and performance parameters of 2 commercial rapid carbapenem-hydrolysis assays, the β-CARBA test (Bio-Rad) and the Rapid CARB Blue Kit (ROSCO) in comparison with an in-house CARBA NP assay for the detection of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). Their performance was evaluated following growth on 2 chromogenic CPE screening media. The sensitivity was highest (91%) in the β-CARBA test when used from the mSuperCARBA™ plates and was lowest when the same test was used from the chromID™ CARBA plates (75%). The specificity was highest in the NP CARBA test in both media (96%), followed by the β CARBA/mSuperCARBA™ combination (92%). The specificity of the Rapid CARB Blue Kit was as low as 36% when used with the chromID™ CARBA plates. The β-CARBA test was simple to use and had the shortest turn-around time and hand-on time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Carbapenemase
  • Hydrolysis
  • Infection control

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