A multicentre evaluation of the NG-test DetecTool OXA-23 for the rapid detection of OXA-23 carbapenemase directly from blood cultures
Infectious disease prevention
Infectious disease control
Intensive care unit
Multicenter studies
Proteus mirabilis
Matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization
Phthirus pubis
Acinetobacter baumannii
Blood culture
Medical devices
False-positive results
False-negative results
Standard of care
True-negative results
True-positive results
Carbapenem resistance
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Vasilakopoulou, A. (Alexandra); Naas, T. (Thierry); Gonzalez, C. (Camille); et al. "A multicentre evaluation of the NG-test DetecTool OXA-23 for the rapid detection of OXA-23 carbapenemase directly from blood cultures". JAC-Antimicrobial resistance. 6 (2), 2024-03-07, dlae029
Objectives A multicentre study evaluating NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23 for the detection of OXA-23 carbapenemase directly from positive blood cultures (PBCs). Methods The NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23 is an immunoassay that integrates a sample preparation device. We evaluated NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23 on 189 spiked and 126 clinical PBCs. The clinical samples’ standard-of-care procedure consisted of bacterial identification from the first day of positivity by MALDI-TOF MS, conventional culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. The immunoassay results were verified molecularly. The strains used for the spiked samples consisted of well-characterized Acinetobacter baumannii and Proteus mirabilis strains. Results The NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23 was evaluated on 315 PBCs and revealed sensitivity of 100% (95% CI: 98.21%–100.00%) and specificity of 100% (95% CI: 96.73%–100.00%). It provided 204 true-positive results for OXA-23 in 196 bottles with carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii (CRAB) and 8 bottles with carbapenem-resistant P. mirabilis and also provided 111 true-negative results. There were no false-positive and no false-negative results. Among the 315 PBCs studied, 83 clinical blood cultures collected in the ICU of a Greek university hospital, which were tested prospectively, all yielded CRAB, and OXA-23 was correctly detected in all samples from the first day of positivity using the NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23. Conclusions The NG-Test DetecTool OXA-23 has exhibited excellent sensitivity and specificity for OXA-23 detection in PBCs and can provide valuable information for appropriate selection of antibiotic therapy and early implementation of infection control measures.
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