|Test Name||VRE Culture Screen|
|Alias||Culture, VRE Only|
|Preferred Specimen||Nare, Rectum, Axilla, Torso or Groin Swab|
|Preferred Container||Culturette with bacteriostatic media (e.g. CultureSwab Plus)|
|Other Specimen/Container||Stool in Cary-Blair Transport,|
Stool in clean container
|Optimum Volume||Swab: 2 Swabs|
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair) & Unbuffered: 5 gm
|Collection Instructions||Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair): Stool should not be contaminated with urine. Add enough specimen so that the solution comes up to the line marked on the Cary-Blair vial|
Stool, Unbuffered: Stool should not be contaminated with urine.
|Transport Requirements||Swab: Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient|
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair): Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Stool, Unbuffered: Oahu: Refrigerated, Airline: Refrigerated
|Specimen Stability||Swab: Ambient: 2 Days, Refrigerated: 2 Days|
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair): Ambient: 4 Days
Stool, Unbuffered: Ambient: 2 Hours, Refrigerated: 24 Hours
|Rejection Criteria||Dry cotton swab, Frozen, Specimen older than stability limits, Stool received in Formalin/PVA, Stool in diaper or tissue paper, Stool contaminated with urine|
|Analytic Time||Up to 3 Days|
Preliminary results at 24 hours.
|Methodology||Visual examination of bacterial growth on selective media.|
The reference ranges listed below are valid on this date of April 20, 2021.
|Component||Age||Male Norm||Male Critical Low||Male Critical High||Female Norm||Female Critical High||Female Critical Low||Units||Add'l info|
|Culture||ALL||NO VRE ISOLATED||NO VRE ISOLATED|