Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing<<Return to Laboratory
Accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to Laboratory no. 594 (ISO/IEC 17025)
Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) is done by the broth microdilution method as described by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines (1).
- Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease
- Skin and soft tissue infections
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Necrotizing fasciitis
Pure culture isolated from a normally sterile site.
Isolate provided on culture medium.
Send as growth on culture medium (preferred) or on a swab in transport medium. Chocolate or charcoal media are recommended. Cultures can be also shipped frozen on dry ice.
Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.
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Invasive disease due to Group A Streptococcus.
Completed Isolate Submission Requisition for Streptococcus form including contact and lab name, address and telephone number. Patient age or date of birth, sex, culture reference number, clinical source, date collected and test requested.
Based on CLSI Guidelines (1).
30 calendar days*
Outbreak associated or urgent isolates will be granted priority status and completed as soon as possible.
*Turn around times may not be guaranteed when isolates are submitted in large batches.
- CLSI. Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. 29th ed. CLSI supplement M100. Wayne, PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute; 2019.