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Multicentre interlaboratory analysis of routine susceptibility testing with a challenge panel of resistant strains

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Objectives: In order to elaborate a new national challenge panel of resistant Gram-negative bacilli and Gram-positive cocci strains for the validation of routine antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) methods, an interlaboratory evaluation was organised. Methods: The results of 12 well-characterised multidrug-resistant strains tested by nine laboratories using local disk diffusion (DD) and automated AST (AUST) methods were compared with the reference broth microdilution method. Results: Overall categorical agreement ranged from 70% to 100% both for DD and AUST and was >90% for all but one strain for all antibiotics. Conclusion: Our multicentre AST study showed good reproducibility and the panel can be used as national resistant reference strains for routine AST validation. (C) 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of International Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
ISSN: 2213-7165
Volume: 28
Pages: 125 - 129
Publication year:2022
Keywords:Interlaboratory assay, Quality control, Multidrug-resistant organisms, Automated susceptibility testing, Disk diffusion