Staphylococcus epidermidis (Winslow and Winslow) Evans
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2. From a single tube of #18 broth (5 to 6 ml), withdraw approximately 0.5 to 1.0 ml with a Pasteur or 1.0 ml pipette and use to rehydrate the pellet.
3. Aseptically transfer the rehydrated pellet back into the broth tube. Mix well.
4. Use several drops of this suspension to inoculate a second tube of broth, a slant, and/or plate.
5. Incubate the tubes and plate at 37°C for 24 hours.
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