AMIES media is a modification of Cary Blair media, which is at the same time a modification of Stuart media. Basically the glycerophosphate is replaced by an inorganic phosphate, and the methylene blue by pharmacological charcoal. Calcium and magnesium are also added, thus maintaining the permeability of the bacterial cell. This media assures the viability of organisms such as:
Some microorganisms can resist on the media for up to 3 days, although the recovery of microorganisms is better if cultured in the first 24 hours. Amies transport swabs are available with or without charcoal.
Swabs are sterilised by radiation.
Peel-pack dimensions: 38 x 210 mm. Expiry date: 30 months after sterilisation date.
Swab: CE MDD Class IIa
Tube: CE IVD