Rectal Screening for Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemases: Comparison of Real-Time PCR and Culture Using Two Selective Screening Agar Plates

Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 06/04/2012

In addition, turn–around–time was significantly shorter for the PCR–based method than for culture; mean 24 hours versus 64–72 hours for CHROMagar and VACC plates, p<0.0001. Overall PCR for blaKPC represents the best screening test for KPCs with significantly higher sensitivity and less hands–on time resulting in a shorter time to results.

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