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J Antimicrob Chemother. 1996 Aug;38(2):193-203.

A new time-kill method of assessing the relative efficacy of antimicrobial agents alone and in combination developed using a representative beta-lactam, aminoglycoside and fluoroquinolone.

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Bristol Centre for Antimicrobial Research & Evaluation, Southmead Health Services NHS Trust, UK.


A time-kill curve employing nine sampling times over 6 h was used to provide data which were then used to develop a theoretical (best-fit) curve. From the theoretical curve parameters describing the rate of kill (alpha), time from addition of antibiotic to initiation of killing (d) and a function of the degree of killing observed (Ym/Yo) were defined. The area-under-the-curve (AUC) was calculated from the theoretical curve. The variability of each parameter was assessed using a theoretical curve to fit the data from experiments done on three occasions and in triplicate. In terms of the parameters alpha, d, Ym/Yo and AUC, no synergy was demonstrated with combinations of piperacillin/tazobactam plus ciprofloxacin or gentamicin when compared with single antibiotics. The AUC represents the best summary parameter of a time-kill curve but should be supported by other parameters describing the best-fit curve.

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