Detection and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

Trends Microbiol. 1994 Oct;2(10):366-71. doi: 10.1016/0966-842x(94)90613-0.


The clinical microbiology laboratory is strategically positioned to recognize changing patterns in bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. This requires the application of accurate testing methods and a methodological survey of drug-resistance patterns among clinically important bacteria. This information can be assembled into comprehensive international databases, using a common format to facilitate monitoring.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Resistance, Microbial*
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Laboratories
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests / methods
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests / standards
  • Microbiology
  • beta-Lactam Resistance