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Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight
Samples may be referred to Public Health England for further investigation.
The OKN test used to detect carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae test is qualitative and cannot predict the quantity of antigens present in the sample. Clinical presentation and other test results must be taken into consideration to establish diagnosis.
A positive test does not rule out the possibility that other antibiotic resistance mechanisms may be present. (The test is able to detect OXA-48, KPC,NDM only).
The laboratory is not currently accredited for the OKN test due to a change in platform.
The laboratory is also not currently accredited for detection by PCR of Detection of Carbapenem Resistant organisms due to a change in platform.