Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Screen (r/o MRSA)

  • LIS Mnemonic: MRSAS

    Collect

    ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: nasal specimen (collected via mini-tip swab) or rectal specimen (collected via double swab culture set)

    Volume Required

    1 mini-tip swab or 1 double swab culture set

    Minimum Required

    1 mini-tip swab or 1 double swab culture set

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Specimens stable up to 2 hours after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Specimens should not be refrigerated or frozen.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updated daily; final at 24 to 48 hours

CPT

87071

Methodology

Culture