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Utilizing Chromogenic Media in the Microbiology Laboratory to Address Current Healthcare Challenges Webinar

Microbiology laboratories are under continuous pressure to be more efficient. One of the highest volume specimen types received in microbiology is the urine culture. Urine cultures are a significant burden on microbiology laboratories for labor, media and reagent costs.

Rambach introduced chromogenic agar in 1979 for clinical microbiology laboratories. These media incorporate chromogenic substrates that release differently colored compounds when degraded by microbial specific enzymes. Thus, organisms can be identified by the presence of specifically colored colonies on different nutrient agar plates.