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An index for evaluating the effectiveness of the antimicrobial combinations, the fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) is obtained by calculating the sum of the ratios of the MICs for each drug in the combination to the MIC for the substance alone. FIC = (MIC of Drug A in Combi / MIC of A Alone) + (MIC of Drug B in Combi / MIC of B Alone).
Interpretive report provided.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
When an MBC test is desired, the physician must request that the patient`s isolate be saved within 7 days of initial culture date, and arrange with the Microbiology lab to prepare the bacterial isolate for the MBC test. Indicate organism identification, antibiotic(s) to be tested, specimen source, and collection date/time.
Bacteria should be in pure culture, actively growing, placed in a proper mailing container (agar plates are not acceptable), and labeled as an etiologic agent. Keep at room temperature. If culture was done by MLabs, contact the MLabs Client Services Center within 7 days of initial culture date to request that the patient's isolate be saved for MBC testing. Indicate organism identification, antibiotic(s) to be tested, specimen source, and collection date/time.