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MRSA PCR NASAL SCREEN

Mnemonic

MRSA PCR SCN

Synonym

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus by PCR

Includes

Screen for MRSA only

Guidelines

This is a screening test from nasal site only for carriage of MRSA. It does not include a susceptibility report.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Both nostrils will be swabbed.

Collect

Nasal Swab, use ONLY special red cap scored Copan dual swabs, available from Legacy Laboratory Services

Click here to view the MRSA PCR Specimen Collection Guide.

Handling

Deliver ASAP to the laboratory.

Minimum Volume

1 Copan red cap scored dual swab

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers, incorrect swab

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week 0700-2100

Reported

24 hours from receipt

Method

PCR

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

CPT Codes

87641

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:28 AM


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