AiM  Vol.4 No.12 , September 2014
Rapid Detection Tool for Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Directly from Human Specimens

A new, simple, and one-step tool for the direct detection of vancomycin-resistant Enterocococcus (VRE) EPI-V® (Pilots Point LLC, Sarasota, FL) is presented. It contains all the ingredients in a unique stable powder form in a standard test tube. One only needs to add water, inoculate the specimen, and incubate. Specimens consisted of 553 sequential human rectal/perirectal swabs for VRE surveillance. The presence of VRE was denoted by the production of two sequential color changes corresponding to growth in bile-esculin and production of a positive PYR reaction. The EPI-V® tool was compared to reference VRE detection methods. EPI-V® showed a sensitivity of  102% and a specificity of 98.4% for the detection of VRE. The EPI-V® tool offers significant advantages: no skilled technologist time required, simple quality control, highly conserved incubator and refrigerator space, and low cost.

Keywords: VRE, Stool, Carriage, Detection
Cite this paper: Edberg, S. (2014) Rapid Detection Tool for Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Directly from Human Specimens. Advances in Microbiology, 4, 835-838. doi: 10.4236/aim.2014.412092.

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