Identification of C albicans in Yeast Positive Blood Culture Bottles

S. aureus bacteremia is both a serious and frequent nosocomial and community-acquired infection that is further complicated by the emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus and, recently, vancomycin-resistant S. aureus[12] which are ascribed to the widespread use of these antibiotics in healthcare settings. S. aureus is preliminary identified as gram-positive cocci in clusters (GPCC) along with other staphylococci; however, whereas S. aureus is often clinically significant, other staphy-lococci, such as Staphylococcus epidermidis, are often contaminants and not clinically significant. Therefore, rapid identification of S. aureus and differentiation from other staphylococci directly from positive blood culture bottles are important for patient diagnosis and selection of appropriate therapy to reduce empirical therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as ampicillin and vancomycin.

S. aureus PNA-FISH is based on a fluorescein-labeled PNA probe targeting S. aureus rRNA for both rapid and accurate identification of S. aureus. The performance of S. aureus PNA-FISH has been reviewed elsewhere[9] and showed 97.3-100% sensitivity and 98.9-100% specificity in four separate studies.[11,13-15]

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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