Potentially good news for IPs – Spectra ™ VRE, reportedly the first chromogenic media for the 24-hour detection of VRE colonization, was approved by the FDA a week ago. According to Thermo Fisher Scientific, Spectra ™ VRE can differentiate between vancomycin-resistant E. faecalis and E. faecium within 24 hours, with no required confirmatory testing. Spectra ™ VRE is used with rectal swabs and stool specimens.
Spectra ™ VRE is manufactured, distributed, and sold by Remel, a product brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Product page here: http://www.remel.com/HAI/VRE.aspx