COBAS Bact: The Centrifugal Approach to Clinical Bacteriology

  • A. Balows


In the past few years, interest in developing and applying automation for use in the clinical microbiology laboratory has risen considerably. Such advances are necessary if laboratories are to provide physicians with timely, standardized, and reproducible laboratory test results. With the attainment of this goal, it should be possible for clinical microbiology to become more relevant and useful and for the microbiologist to provide the required support for rapid diagnosis and therapy. This applies particularly to in vitro results of antibiotic susceptibility testing and identification of the etiological agent. Additionally, because of cost constraints, it has become important to relieve laboratory personnel of many routine tasks and thus make it possible to increase productivity without increasing staff.


Yersinia Enterocolitica Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Walk Away Indole Test 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Balows
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  1. 1.Centers for Disease Control, Center for Infectious DiseasesAtlantaUSA

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