Bacterial Culture and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Bacterial Culture and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

In an article composed by Stephanie A. Pierce-Hendry DVM, & Jeffery Dennis, DVM, DACVIM they investigate the topic of complicated bacterial infections and how they should prompt clinicians to pursue a definitive diagnosis. Pierce-Hendry and Dennis discuss two methods of bacterial culture and antibiotic susceptibility testing are commonly used in veterinary medicine: (1) the disk diffusion technique and (2) the broth dilution technique. Both methods identify the infecting pathogen and the antibiotics that are likely to inhibit its growth. The broth dilution test also provides the minimal inhibitory concentration, which can help in making the best antibiotic choice.

 

The article includes: 

- Reasons for Bacterial Culture and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

- Specimen Collection

- Identifying Bacteria

- Testing Bacteria for Antibiotic Susceptibility

- Disk Diffusion Technique (with pictures!)

- Broth Dilution Technique (with pictures!)

- Interpretation of Antibiotic Susceptibility Results

- Guidelines for Evaluating Antibiotic Susceptibility Results

- Limitations of Bacterial Culture and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

To read or download a PDF version of the full article CLICK HERE 

If you run into trouble while collecting or confirming your results we are here to help! Email us photos and we will gladly have our microbiologist take a look. For inquiries about specimen collect, identifying bacteria and testing bacteria for antibiotic susceptibility please email info@sensorhealth.com