Have you ever wondered what makes a microbiology laboratory instrument efficient? Efficiency comes from flexible, ergonomically designed instruments and software that enable effective process control and information flow – all with minimal user interaction.
These principles were the driving force behind the latest software update for bioMérieux’s VITEK® 2 instrument for automated identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (ID and AST). VITEK® 2 is considered the most efficient ID and AST system on the market with automated, standardized, same-day results1-6 and the shortest sample preparation time in the industry2,7-11.
Now, with the launch of VITEK® 2 Systems 8.01 software, users will be able to make even more effective use of their systems. The intuitive, secure, web-based, customizable software helps streamline lab workflow with multi-user access from virtually anywhere, anytime. This software update is an opportunity for lab managers to rethink lab workflow, promoting more efficient and timely sample preparation. VITEK® 2 Systems 8.01 software lets users:
- Set up ID and AST cards remotely from any web-enabled computer without the Smart Carrier Station
- Enjoy simultaneous, customizable setup of multiple cassettes
- Review and approve isolate and patient information from any web-enabled PC
In addition, VITEK® 2 systems 8.01 software will also be able to run cards containing the new antibiotic, ceftolozane/tazobactam. This antimicrobial enables determination of antimicrobial susceptibility to ceftolozane/tazobactam of Gram negative aerobic bacteria such as Enterobacteriaceae and P. aeruginosa. This helps optimize treatment with Zerbaxa®, by Merck.
|Ceftolozane from Merck is a new cephalosporin that inhibits the PBPs of P. aeruginosa(e.g., PBP1b, PBP1c and PBP3) and E. coli (e.g., PBP3). When combined with the beta-lactamase inhibitor tazobactam, in vitro activity against Enterobacteriaceae has been demonstrated with some ESBLs (TEM, SHV, CTX-M and OXA). The combination has also demonstrated in vitro activity against P. aeruginosa with chromosomal AmpC, OprD, MexXY and MexAB. For more information on ceftolozane/tazobactam, please visit the following website: https://www.zerbaxa.com/|
Please contact your local bioMérieux representative to discuss timelines for a software update to VITEK® 2 Systems 8.01 software.
Table1: New Microorganisms Available with VITEK® 2 Systems 8.01
|Hafnia paralvei||Streptococcus iniae|
|Tatumella ptyseos||Listeria rocourtiae|
|Ralstonia insidiosa||Listeria fleischmannii|
|Riemerella anatipestifer||Cryptococcus gattii|
|Histophilus somni||Zygosaccharomyces spp|
|Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae||Candida auris|
|Actinobacillus suis||Candida duobushaemulonii|
|Moraxella (Neisseria) ovis||Candida haemulonii var vulnera|
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