VISA/hVISA Confirmation<<Return to Laboratory
Confirmation of vancomycin intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) or heterogeneous vancomycin intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (hVISA) by Etest.
- Necrotizing pneumonia
- Skin and soft tissue infections
Send cultures as growth on culture medium or in transport medium.
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Completed Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Requisition.
A combination of macro & GRD Etests are used to determine a positive or negative result for hVISA or VISA.
8 calendar days.
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- Yusof A, et al. 2008. Evaluation of a New Etest Vancomycin-Teicoplanin strip for detection of glycopeptide-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (GISA), in particular heterogeneous GISA. J Clin Microbiol 46(9) 3042-3047.