Antimicrobial Drug Sensitivity Testing

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Antimicrobial sensitivity testing is important clinically because the proper selection of an antimicrobial drug in the treatment of a bacterial infection is ideally based on the knowledge of the sensitivities of the infecting organism. In this laboratory exercise you will be working within a group performing a commonly used test that is designed to determine whether or not an isolated organism is able to be treated using a specific antimicrobial drug. The procedure is called sensitivity testing. This testing method allows clinicians to obtain information needed in order to make an informed and concise decision in reference to the antimicrobial drug usage.

Methods and Materials

Materials being used in this test include:

• 6 Mueller-Hinton agar plates

• 14 cartridges of antimicrobial drugs

• three automatic dispensers

• two 1mL pipettes and pipette pump

• broth culture of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli

• spreading rod soaking in ethanol

• two forceps soaking in ethanol

• marking pen

• ruler

• antimicrobial sensitivity chart

To start off this lab you will

1. Label the plates wit...

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