Rapid detection of Enterococcus spp. direct from blood culture bottles using Enterococcus QuickFISH method: a multicenter investigation.


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The performance of a diagnostic method for detection and identification of Enterococcus spp. directly from positive blood culture was evaluated in a clinical study. The method, Enterococcus QuickFISH BC, is a second-generation peptide nucleic acid (PNA) fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) test, which uses a simplified, faster assay procedure. The test uses fluorescently labeled PNA probes targeting 16S rRNA to differentiate Enterococcus faecalis from other Enterococcus spp. by the color of the cellular fluorescence. Three hundred fifty-six routine blood culture samples were tested; only 2 discordant results were recorded. The sensitivities for detection of Enterococcus faecalis and non-faecalis Enterococcus were 100% (106/106) and 97.0% (65/67), respectively, and the combined specificity of the assay was 100%. The combined positive and negative predictive values of the assay were 100% (171/171) and 98.9% (185/187), respectively.

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Cited Authors

  • Deck, MK; Anderson, ES; Buckner, RJ; Colasante, G; Davis, TE; Coull, JM; Crystal, B; Latta, PD; Fuchs, M; Fuller, D; Harris, W; Hazen, K; Klimas, LL; Lindao, D; Meltzer, MC; Morgan, M; Shepard, J; Stevens, S; Wu, F; Fiandaca, MJ

Published Date

  • April 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 338 - 342

PubMed ID

  • 24439447

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24439447

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0070

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-8893

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2013.12.004


  • eng