Table 1.

Estimated costsa and turnaround times for screening VRE by the conventional and PCR methods

MethodCost per testbCost per specimencTurn-around time (h)
MaterialsLabordTotalMaterialsLabordTotal
PCR4.843.428.262.630.322.9548
Culture5.663.799.452.750.353.1096
• a All costs are given in Canadian dollars ($1.00 Canadian =$0.67 U.S.).

• b Based on complete testing of a batch of 14 specimens and controls.

• c Based on 17.3% of all specimens producing black colonies on BEAA-V6 and only 9% being gram-positive cocci requiring PCR and full culture workup. All costs are based on handling a batch of 14 tests and controls.

• d Calculated at \$30.32/h (in Canadian dollars) based on hands-on time.