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Epic Test Name CULTURE MRSA SCREEN
Components
Synonyms Culture, MRSA, Nasal Culture, Nose Culture, Staphylococcus.
Description Identify Staph. aureus colonization.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Swab in bacterial transport media at 20-25C.
Specimen Type Nares, groin or axilla.
Preferred Collection Volume Nares, groin or axilla: swab
Minimum Collection Volume Swab: 1
Collection Instructions Source of specimen is required.
Specimen Handling Submit sterile container or transport swab at 20-25C
Rejection Criteria Stability (collection to initiation of testing): ambient: 48 hrs; refrigerated: unacceptable; frozen: unacceptable.
Methodology Culture/Identification
Reference Range Culture negative for Staph. aureus.
CPT Code(s) 87081 presumptive identification. If definitive identification required, add 87077.
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimeFinal: Nasal 1 day; Non-nasal 1-3 days.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes
Updated/Reviewed 12/15/2016


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