Complete CPE screening

Screen for all carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriacae (CPE) in just one step with CHROMID® CARBA SMART selective chromogenic media bi-plate.

  • Smart association of media to screen for OXA-48 on one side and other CPE, notably KPC and NDM-1, on the other
  • Easy to use with a single-step process
  • Validated for both rectal swabs and stool specimens
  • Incubation in 18/24 hours
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Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriacae (CPE) are multi-resistant bacteria sometimes implicated in healthcare-associated infections (HAI)  and even epidemics. Rapid detection of CPE is therefore essential to manage these healthcare challenges through better infection prevention and control, patient care and epidemiological monitoring. chromID® CARBA SMART brings together the smart association of two media to rapidly and reliably identify all CPE, particularly KPC, NDM-1 and OXA-48. It is easy to use and read thanks to antibiotics that enable selective growth, along with specific chromogenic substrates and peptones in the agar that lead to specific coloration for clear identification.

Confidence in performance

Given the importance, in this era of antimicrobial resistance, of screening chronic carriers and patients at risk for carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae you seek confidence in your results. As both a pioneer and constant innovator in chromogenic technology, bioMérieux ensures high quality chromogenic media. chromID® CARBA SMART is backed by scientific proofs that show rapid results with high sensitivity and specificity*.

  • Standardized method: antibiotic concentration is controlled for each batch
  • Can be used on bioMérieux’s PREVI® Isola automated agar plate inoculation system for better colony isolation
  • Easy to read: chromogenic substrates and peptones enable specific coloration for clear identification
  • Decrease the number of confirmation tests thanks to high performance
    • Time saving
    • Cost saving
    • Lower workload
  • A Certificate of Compatibility ensures compatibility with complementary product ranges, including ID/AST (see: www.biomerieux.com/techlib)

*See for example:
Performance of chromID® CARBA Medium for Carbapenemases-Producing Enterobacteriaceae Detection during Rectal Screening 16
Papadimitriou-Olivgeris M, et al.: Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013;DOI 10.1007/s10096-013-1925-6

A comparison of four chromogenic culture media for carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae 18
Wilkinson KM et al : J Clin Microbiol. 2012;50:3102-4

Culture media to help fight MDRO and HAI

bioMérieux has long been at the forefront of the fight against multi-resistant bacteria and healthcare associated infections (HAI). Our strength? It comes from our longstanding, recognized expertise in microbiology, our culture of innovation and our dedication to bringing you products and services designed with your microbiology lab needs in mind. That’s why we developed a range of chromID® media designed specifically to detect the microorganisms involved in HAI. The new chromID® CARBA SMART is part of that range, bringing you confidence in complete screening for carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriacae.


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20 biplates x 90 mm

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Performance of chromID® CARBA Medium for Carbapenemases-Producing Enterobacteriaceae Detection during Rectal Screening
Papadimitriou-Olivgeris M, et al. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES 2013;DOI 10.1007/s10096-013-1925-6

Prevalence and molecular characterization of Enterobacteriaceae producing NDM-1 carbapenemase at a military hospital in Pakistan and evaluation of two chromogenic media

A comparison of four chromogenic culture media for carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae
Wilkinson KM et al. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY 2012;50:3102-4

First evaluation of chromID® CARBA SMART, a new chromogenic medium for detection of Enterobacteriaceae-producing OXA 48 carbapenemase
Devigne L. Lavigne J.P. Oral communication RICAI Paris 2012

Comparison of the SUPERCARBA, CHROMagar KPC, and Brilliance CRE screening media for detection of Enterobacteriaceae with reduced susceptibility to carbapenems
Nordmann P. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;75(2):214-7. doi: 0.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2012.10.006Epub 2012 Nov 9

Detection of carbapenemase producers in Enterobacteriaceae by use of a novel screening medium
Nordmann P, Girlich D, Poirel L. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Aug;50(8):2761-6. doi: 10.1128/JCM.06477-11. Epub 2012 Feb 22


ECCMID 2013 / Berlin (Germany) Evaluation of chromID® CARBA agar medium (bioMérieux) performance for the detection of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae
Piazza A et al.

High prevalence of NDM-1 producing bacteria in patients from Bangladesh detected by chromID® CARBA
Islam MA et al.

First evaluation of chromID® OXA-48 agar - a new chromogenic medium for detection of Enterobacteriaceae-producing OXA-48 carbapenemase
Dévigne L et al.

ECCMID 2012 / London (United Kingdom) Evaluation of a new chromogenic medium, chromID™ CARBA, for the detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae
Bereski N et al.


Vital Signs: Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Weekly March 8, 2013 / 62(09);165-170

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