Second Line Drugs Susceptibility Testing: Study Progress Report Alex Sloutsky Massachusetts State TB Laboratory Paris, 2005. B ACKGROUND: Clinical significance of DST.
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Massachusetts State TB Laboratory
- proportion of resistant bacteria
- whether resistance is acquired or primary
Total time allotted per week is 14 hours
Total time allotted per week for BACTEC is 46 hours
Total time per week for 6 strains tested by both methods is 60 hours. It was anticipated that it would take 250/6 = 42 weeks to completion (with no repeat testing and no data analysis).
Personnel hired and trained
Forms for recording results created
Up to date: 272 cultures tested by APP method (< 10 to be repeated) and 40 tested by BACTEC. ~230 cultures to go will take ~40 weeks or 10 months