Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Aerobic Bacteria, MIC
Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
An agar dilution method is used for routine testing. The antimicrobial is added to agar in various concentrations depending upon levels attainable in serum, urine, or both. A standardized suspension of the organism is applied to the agar plates which are incubated for 16 to 18 hours at 35 degrees C. Complete inhibition of all but 1 colony or a very fine residual haze represents the end point.(Antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. Fifth edition. Edited by EW Koneman, SD Allen, WM Janda, et al. Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997, pp 785-856)
Supplemental Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Sunday; continuously
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
Bacterial isolates are retained for 30 days.
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test