ABSTRACT: This study compares the performance of three chromogenic culture agar plates, chromID MRSA, MRSA-Screen and MRSA-Select, by challenging with a collection of Staphylococcus aureus strains and screening samples obtained from hospitalised patients. All chromogenic media showed excellent sensitivity (>95%) and specificity after 18 h on the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) collection strains, but the specificity of MRSA-Screen decreased markedly after 42 h. Sixty-eight of 1,002 screening specimens yielded MRSA on at least one medium. The sensitivity of all media to detecting MRSA after 18 h was <50%, but this increased to 75% (chromID MRSA), 81% (MRSA-Screen) and 72% (MRSA-Select) after 42 h and 85% after enrichment and plating on the same media. The specificity at 18 h was excellent, but was significantly lower for MRSA-Screen after 42 h and enrichment. In conclusion, all media showed equivalent sensitivities after 18 h of incubation and performed better when enriched before inoculation. MRSA-Screen was more sensitive but less specific than the two other media after 42 h of incubation.
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology 10/2008; 28(4):363-9. · 2.86 Impact Factor