pattern, and 4) either the same specimen, the same collection sample, or
The same antibiotic pattern means that isolates being merged do not have
conflicting interpretations for antibiotics that are reported.
Selections of merge criteria include: none (no merges are done), by
specimen, collection sample, or any sample.
A detailed report can be obtained to review isolates that were merged.
Isolates that are identical but reported multiple times can interfere with
an accurate count on the antibiotic trend report. Ideally identical
isolates would only be counted once. Defining identical isolates is
difficult when relying solely on computer data. Merging isolates on the
antibiotic trend report can be done by defining those isolates having four
criteria: 1) the same patient, 2) the same organism, 3) the same antibiotic