ESBL, how accurate are your screening and confirmation methods?
A recent Dutch study¹ has compared the accuracy of a variety of detection systems including automatic and disc diffusion methods. The accurate detection of ESBLs is important for patient care, this study highlights the importance of confirming isolates found during the screening process.
EUCAST is now accepted as the organisation which recommends breakpoints throughout Europe including the UK. EUCAST finalised the harmonisation of clinical breakpoints for all major antimicrobial groups and antimicrobials in May 2009, these breakpoints and much more useful information are available on the EUCAST website http://www.eucast.org/