Cards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Gain rapid, accurate susceptibility test results and resistance detection in clinically relevant bacteria and yeasts with self-contained, disposable test cards for use with VITEK® 2 instruments.

  • Rapid resistance detection to aid in accurate diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment
  • Pre-applied barcodes for maximum traceability
  • Closed system: safe, disposable, ready-to-use cards
  • Decreased biohazardous waste
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When a patient presents with an illness due to an infectious organism, knowing the best treatment options requires more than species identification, especially as many organisms are becomingresistant to antimicrobials. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) and resistance detection is also important to making the best patient-care decisions. Designed for VITEK®2 automated instruments, VITEK®2 AST cards offer rapid, accurate AST results.

Proven accuracy, rapid results

Ready-to-use, flexible VITEK® 2 AST cards are designed for use on the innovative, automated VITEK®2 family of instruments. They provide AST results and resistance detection for clinically important Gram-positive cocci, Gram-negative bacilli and yeasts. The system is proven to be rapid, reliable and accurate. Bacterial AST results are available in as little as 4 hours and yeast AST results in as little as 13 hours. The VITEK® 2 Advanced Expert System further provides validation of every susceptibility test result with an accurate phenotype profile of the bacterial resistance menchanism(s) for each isolate tested, using color-coded indicators.

  • Inoculation with a simple, standardized saline suspension of organism
  • Closed disposable for optimal user safety
  • Minimal hazardous waste decreases disposal costs
  • Pre-applied barcodes for maximum traceability
  • High level of automation decreases hands on time

Expanding range

Recognizing the importance of good diagnostic tools for infectious organisms and the ever-growing needs in the field of microbiology, bioMérieux is dedicated to ensuring a high-quality, expansive offer. The VITEK® 2 AST card range offers a number of antimicrobials and resistance tests (ESBL, cefoxitin screen, high level aminoglycoside resistance, inducible clinidamycin resistance, etc.), as well as phenotype recognition with the Advanced Expert System.

VITEK®2 AST cards are offered for a wide variety of organisms:

  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Non-fermenters
  • Staphylococci
  • Enterococci
  • Streptococci (including S. pneumoniaeS. viridans and beta-hemolytic Streptococci)
  • Yeast

bioMérieux continuously invests in VITEK® 2 AST testing, for example:

  • Continuous CLSI and EUCAST updates
  • Development of new antimicrobials (Ceftaroline available in 2014)
  • Redevelopment of existing antimicrobials for better resistance detection (imipenem and meropenem for improved detection of carbapenem resistance)
  • Menu expansion (More antimicrobials available for testing of Streptococci sp. in 2014)
  • Addition of new phenotypes to AES database

VITEK® 2 card size

10 cm x 6 cm x 0.5 cm, 16 grams

Please contact your local bioMérieux representative for a list of VITEK 2 AST cards available in your country.