Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and MIC Interpretation (EUCAST)

Accuracy of MICs

Accuracy of MICs

P.A.C.E. Credit*

Understand the challenges you will confront when interpreting antibiotic susceptibility test results based on minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) accuracy. Ignoring uncertainty introduced through multiple factors—interlaboratory variability, biological differences, incubation temperature fluctuations, time ranges, proximity to breakpoints and others—influences the results of antimicrobial susceptibility test results.

In the webinar, Accuracy of MICs, recorded at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Professor Dr. Sören Gatermann will review how correct classification of antibiotic resistance demands a persistent, multifaceted approach to analysis.

After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the sources of uncertainty in phenotypic antimicrobial susceptibility testing—variability between laboratories, bacterial variation, incubation temperatures, MIC breakpoint interpretation and others
  • Learn about the new “Area of Technical Uncertainty” and other factors involved in setting EUCAST breakpoints
  • Know the reasons behind some EUCAST breakpoints having no susceptible MIC interpretation

P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*

Ideal for: Microbiologist, Pharmacist, Medical Director, Laboratory Director, Pathologist, Physician

Presenter:  Sören Gatermann, Abteilung für Medizinische Microbiologie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Professor Dr. Gatermann is head of the Department of Clinical Microbiology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, head of the German National Reference Laboratory for Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria and medical director of the Institute for Medical Laboratory Diagnostics GmbH, Bochum. His research interests are virulence factors, surface proteins and pathogenicity of staphylococci and quality management in the clinical microbiology laboratory. He has been a member of the EUCAST Steering Committee since 2013.

*Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.