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Volume 21, Number 9—September 2015
THEME ISSUE
Emerging Infections Program

Improved Phenotype-Based Definition for Identifying Carbapenemase Producers among Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Nora Chea, Sandra N. Bulens, Thiphasone Kongphet-Tran, Ruth Lynfield, Kristin Shaw, Paula Snippes Vagnone, Marion Kainer, Daniel Muleta, Lucy Wilson, Elisabeth Vaeth, Ghinwa Dumyati, Cathleen Concannon, Erin C. Phipps, Karissa Culbreath, Sarah J. Janelle, Wendy Bamberg, Alice Y. Guh, Brandi M. Limbago, and Alexander J. KallenComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (N. Chea, S.N. Bulens, T. Kongphet-Tran, A.Y. Guh, B. Limbago, A.J. Kallen); Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (R. Lynfield, K.M. Shaw, P. Snippes Vagnone); Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (M.A Kainer, D.B. Muleta); Maryland Emerging Infections Program, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (L. Wilson, E. Vaeth); New York–Rochester Emerging Infections Program, Rochester, New York, USA (G. Dumyati, C. Concannon); University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester (G. Dumyati, C. Concannon); University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (E.C. Phipps, K. Culbreath); Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, Colorado, USA (S.J. Janelle, W.M. Bamberg)

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Table 4

Results, by study site, for select phenotype-based definitions used to identify carbapenemase producers among 307 carbapenem-resistant enterobacterial isolates from 4 US EIP, Emerging Infections Program sites, January 1, 2011–January 30, 2014*

Site No. isolates/no. tested (%), by definition no.†
2‡


4 plus MHT#
FP sFN FP sFN FP sFN FP sFN
Minnesota 51/111 (45.9) 3/111 (2.7) 55/111 (49.5) 1/111 (0.9) 25/111 (22.5) 5/111 (4.5) 23/111 (20.7) 1/111 (0.9)
Tennessee 17/65 (26.2) 4/65 (6.2) 50/65 (76.9) 1/65 (1.5) 18/65 (27.7) 4/65 (6.2) 3/65 (4.6) 1/65 (1.5)
Maryland 6/59 (10.2) 5/59 (8.5) 16/59 (27.1) 0/59 3/59 (5.1) 6/59 (10.2) 3/59 (5.1) 0/59
New York 4/53 (7.5) 2/53 (3.8) 31/53 (58.5) 0/53 8/53 (15.1) 1/53 (1.9) 3/53 (5.7) 0/53

*FP, false positive; MHT, the modified Hodge test; sFN, selected false negative.
†False-positive isolates are those meeting the definition but not found to produce a carbapenemase. Selected false-negative isolates were selected on the basis of nonsuceptibility to >1 carbapenem not meeting the definition but found to produce a carbapenemase.
‡Definition 2 nonsusceptible to any carbapenem, excluding ertapenem, and resistant to all third-generation cephalosporins tested (pre-2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae surveillance definition).
§Definition 4, resistant to any carbapenem. This definition obtained the lowest number of selected false-negatives.
¶Definition 5, resistant to any carbapenem, excluding ertapenem. This definition obtained the lowest number of false-positives among definitions with selected false-negatives of <10%.
#Definition 4 (resistant to any carbapenem) plus MHT (i.e., 2-step testing).

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