Test directory: MRSA Culture Screen

Ordering Code618
Test NameMRSA Culture Screen
AliasMethicillin Resistant Staph Aureus
Culture Screen
Staph Surveillance Culture
Preferred SpecimenSwab of Nares, Rectum or other sites
Preferred ContainerEswab, Culturette with bacteriostatic media (e.g. CultureSwab Plus)
Other Specimen/ContainerRespiratory or fluids in sterile container (kept moist)
Optimum VolumeSwab: 2 Swabs
Respiratory and Fluid Specimens: 5 mL
Collection InstructionsExpectorated sputums should be first morning specimen
Collect body fluids aseptically.
Transport RequirementsSwab - Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Respiratory and Fluid Specimens - Oahu: Refrigerated,
Airline: Refrigerated
Specimen StabilitySwab: Ambient: 2 Days, Refrigerated: 2 Days
Respiratory and Fluid Specimens: Ambient: 2 Hours, Refrigerated: 24 Hours
Rejection CriteriaDry cotton swab, Frozen, Specimen older than stability limits
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeSwab: Up to 3 Days
Preliminary results at 24 hours
Respiratory and Fluid Specimens: Up to 3 Days.
MethodologyVisual examination of bacterial growth on selective media with identification of Staph aureus isolates for methicillin resistance.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Source:ALLSee report.
Report Status:ALLSee report.
CultureALLSee report.