In the escalating battle against antimicrobial resistance, the detection of carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) has become a public health priority. Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are particularly concerning due to their ability to inactivate most ╬▓-lactam antibiotics, including carbapenems. Rapid and accurate identification methods are therefore critical to control the spread of these resistant bacteria in healthcare settings. A monumental stride in this direction is the development and validation of the NG-Test Carba 5 assay, a direct testing method for CPOs from positive blood cultures.

The Study

Published in “Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy” (DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00550-19), the study by Giordano et al. (2019) details the validation of the NG-Test Carba 5 assay, an immunochromatographic method capable of detecting the five most common carbapenemase families: KPC, OXA-48-like, NDM, VIM, and IMP. This study included 484 organisms from clinical and simulated blood cultures with Enterobacterales, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, and was conducted at the Universit├á Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy.

The Results

The NG-Test Carba 5 assay was found to have high sensitivity and specificity (>97%) for direct carbapenemase detection from positive blood cultures. The test offers a rapid turnaround time of less than 30 minutes, which is crucial in clinical decision-making and can significantly impact patient outcomes. Its ease of use and lack of requirement for specialized equipment also make it an ideal method for a wide range of laboratory settings.

Significance and Implementation

The implications of this study are wide-reaching, with the potential to transform the approach to managing infections caused by carbapenem-resistant organisms. By enabling faster therapeutic decisions, the NG-Test Carba 5 assay can also aid in antibiotic stewardship efforts, minimizing the unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics that can further drive resistance.

Further Research and Developments

While the NG-Test Carba 5 provides an essential tool in combating CPOs, ongoing research must focus on evolving resistances and the need for continuous updates of diagnostic tools. Partnerships between academia, healthcare institutions, and diagnostic companies will be pivotal in maintaining the relevance and effectiveness of such assays.


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The study on NG-Test Carba 5 signifies a leap forward in diagnostic microbiology for CPOs detection, directly benefitting patient care and infection control practices. As CPE continue to threaten global health, innovations like the NG-Test Carba 5 assay offer a beacon of hope in the ongoing fight against antimicrobial resistance. Further validation and implementation of such assays are necessary to ensure the best patient outcomes and to keep the spread of resistant bacteria in check.


1. Carbapenemase-producing organisms
2. Rapid detection of CPE
3. NG-Test Carba 5 assay
4. Antimicrobial resistance diagnostics
5. Blood culture testing for bacteria