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Culture- Bacterial, MRSA Screen

Components

Name Method Department Units
Culture, MRSA Screen Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Nasal swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Alternate

Mini-tipped polyester swab

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Axilla swab, Groin swab, Rectal swab, Tracheal aspirate, Umbilical swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Alternate

Sterile container

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong type of specimen
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Test will detect colonization with MRSA and is not intended for treatment of an infectious process. Susceptibility testing is NOT performed. The presence of MSSA or other pathogens is not reported

CPT Code

  • 87081