Rapid bench identification of methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A multicenter comparative evaluation of Alere PBP2a Culture Colony Test (Alere) Versus Slidex MRSA detection (bioMérieux)

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Aug;85(4):419-21. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2016.04.008. Epub 2016 Apr 12.


Using 30 clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus representative of the most prevalent clones circulating in France, the performance of the Alere™ PBP2a Culture Colony Test (CCT) and the Slidex(®) MRSA detection kit (SMD) were compared in 5 different labs. CCT demonstrated better performance and was easier to conduct in routine.

Keywords: Methicillin resistance; PBP2a; Rapid tests; Staphylococcus aureus; Susceptibility testing.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Agglutination Tests / methods*
  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods*
  • Chromatography, Affinity / methods*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Staphylococcus aureus / classification*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*