The And Antimicrobial Agent Susceptibility Testing / Resistance

835 Words Dec 14th, 2016 4 Pages
This paper will discuss two different issues disinfectants and antimicrobial agent susceptibility testing/resistance. To better understand disinfectants we will further explore topics such as: the meaning of bactericidal, bacteriostatic, virucidal, and fungistatic; the importance of using a control culture when evaluating disinfectants; factors that can impact the activity of disinfectants; microorganism having different responses to disinfectants; and identifying the microorganism susceptible to disinfectants. The other topic that will be discussed will be antimicrobial agent susceptibility testing/resistance consisting of topics such as: the meaning of antimicrobial resistance and susceptibility; the importance of utilizing pure cultures for antimicrobial susceptibility test; is it necessary to utilize a mixed culture testing if so why; three factors that can impact the accuracy of the test; and is it important to include a growth control tub and sterility control tube when performing a broth dilution test.
Disinfectants
Bactericidal is known to directly kill the bacteria (News Medical, 2016). Bacteriostatic is referred to as something that inhibits the reproduction, pause, or slow, the growth of the bacteria allowing a persons immune system to destroy the bacteria. Virucidal is a chemical agent that functions in destroying the virus by inactivating the viral particles found on the outside of the virions damaging their capsid (protein shells) (NCBI, 2016). Fungistatic…

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