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In-vitro activity of antibacterial drugs and clinical practice

Abstract

Before prescribing an antibiotic, treatment guidelines usually suggest that a specimen containing the suspected organism is sent for culture and sensitivity. Microbiology departments, for their part, use in-vitro sensitivity of isolates taken from patients with bacterial infections to recommend which antibiotic(s) to use in the patients themselves or as a guide to empirical treatment in others. In this article we consider the value of in-vitro testing to clinical practice.

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