1409-1

Central line: Candida parapsilosis – Shipped September 2014

HISTORY

This sample was sent as a simulated central line sample.

Laboratories were expected to isolate, identify, and perform susceptibility testing to antifungal agents according to their protocols, or refer the sample to an appropriate laboratory for further testing.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1409-1

  • Broth macrodilution and microdilution refer-ence methods are available for susceptibility testing of yeasts (CLSI document M27 – Reference Method for Broth Dilution A intifungal Susceptibility Testing of Yeasts).
  • C. parapsilosis is notorious for its capacity to grow in total parenteral nutrition and to form biofilms on catheters and other implanted devices; for nosocomial spread by hand carriage, and for persistence in the hospital environment.

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