Bacteria Lab Report

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The Determination of Antibiotic Susceptibility With the Utilization of Bauer-Kirby Disk Fusion Method


The most common way of alleviating the specific symptoms arrived from diseases is to ingest antimicrobial drugs. Chemotherapeutical antimicrobial agents are chemical compounds intended to inhibit or kill rapidly dividing microorganisms. In order to derive an antimicrobial drug, different chemical compounds must be synthetically formed. Among these specific chemical compounds is a compound famously known as the antibiotic. The antibiotic is classified as an antimicrobial drug because it's a chemical that is produced by either a bacterium or fungus, which has the ability to regulate the growth of other microorganisms.

The validity of antibiotics as a category of antimicrobial drugs was determined by a method that was developed by Kirby and Bauer, and standardized by the World Health Organization in 1961 to ensure reliable results. The Bauer-Kirby method was highly suggested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the antimicrobial disk susceptibility.

(Liberman et al., 1966) Therefore, extreme care is required to meet to the standards. To begin meeting the standards, a Mueller-Hinton agar is used for the bacteria culture. The standard Mueller-Hinton agar usually requires a pH between 7.2 and 7.4, which is then poured to a depth of 4mm in either 150 mm or 100mm Petri dishes. The petri dish is then heavily inoculated with a specific bacteria and different paper disks that contain different antibiotics to examine. With the disks on the inoculated petri dish, the petri dish must be sealed and placed into an incubator at an exact temperature of 37°C for 24 hours and allow the bacteria to grow. Within 24 hours, the bacteria must be put into a refrigerator with an estimated temperature of 4.4°C to prevent overproduction of bacteria. By examining the results of the incubation of...