Poor Specificity of Screening Tests for the Detection of Staphylococcus aureus with Reduced Susceptibility to Vancomycin

  • Deborah N Friedman
  • Peter D Midolo
  • Despina Kotsanas
  • Tony M Korman


Between July 2001 and December 2003, Staphylococcus aureus with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin was detected by screening tests in 22 isolates at our institution. This report is a cautionary note about the results of screening tests without confirmatory testing for the laboratory identification of vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus.
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