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CODE: DR0595

A rapid slide identification test for Staphylococcus aureus.

The generally accepted identifying characteristic of Staphylococcus aureus is the ability to produce free and bound coagulase (or clumping factor). The presence of clumping factor may be detected in a number of ways. The Oxoid Staphylase Test detects the presence of clumping factor through clumping of fibrinogen-sensitised sheep red blood cells1,2. The specificity of the reaction is ensured by a simultaneous test with a control reagent (unsensitised sheep red blood cells), when of course no clumping reaction should be observed.

Components of the Kit
DR0596 Staphylase Test Reagent consists of rabbit fibrinogen-sensitised sheep red blood cells.
DR0597 Staphylase Control Reagent consists of unsensitised sheep red blood cells.
Disposable Reaction Cards
Each kit contains sufficient reagent for 100 tests.

The Staphylase Test Kit should be stored at 2-8°C. Do not freeze. The kit should not be used after the expiry date printed on the outside of the carton.

Both reagents contain 0.1% sodium azide as preservative.

1. Flandrois J.P. and Carret G. (1981) Zbl. Bakt. Hyg. Orig. A 251, 171-176
2. Duthie E.S. (1955) J. Gen. Microbiol. 13, 383-393.
3.Data on file at Oxoid Ltd.

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