Test directory: VRE Culture Screen

Ordering Code661
Test NameVRE Culture Screen
AliasCulture, VRE Only
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus
Culture Screen
Preferred SpecimenNare, Rectum, Axilla, Torso or Groin Swab
Preferred ContainerCulturette with bacteriostatic media (e.g. CultureSwab Plus)
Other Specimen/ContainerStool in Cary-Blair Transport,
Stool in clean container
Optimum VolumeSwab: 2 Swabs
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair) & Unbuffered: 5 gm
Collection InstructionsStool, 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 RequirementsSwab: Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair): Oahu: Ambient, Airline: Ambient
Stool, Unbuffered: Oahu: Refrigerated, Airline: Refrigerated
Specimen StabilitySwab: Ambient: 2 Days, Refrigerated: 2 Days
Stool, Buffered(Cary-Blair): Ambient: 4 Days
Stool, Unbuffered: Ambient: 2 Hours, Refrigerated: 24 Hours
Rejection CriteriaDry cotton swab, Frozen, Specimen older than stability limits, Stool received in Formalin/PVA, Stool in diaper or tissue paper, Stool contaminated with urine
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 3 Days
Preliminary results at 24 hours.
MethodologyVisual examination of bacterial growth on selective media.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
SourceALLSee report.
StatusALLSee report.
CultureALLNO VRE ISOLATEDNO VRE ISOLATED