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MRSA SA SKIN PCR SCREEN

Mnemonic

MRSA SA PCR SKIN SCN

Synonym

MRSA PCR - Staph aureus PCR - Skin and Soft Tissue MRSA/SA PCR - Staph Aureus Skin PCR

Includes

Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus detection only. No other organisms detected. No Susceptibility Report.

Guidelines

For rapid screening only, suggest bacterial culture concurrently for identification of other organisms and susceptibility report.

To obtain further microbiological results, a second swab for culture should be sent along with orders for a Culture, Exudate or Culture, Skin

Skin and Soft Tissue swabs are the only acceptable specimens for this test.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Copan Red top dual swab transport device with scored shaft for PCR

See also Microbiology Collection Devices

Handling

This test is only acceptable from Skin and Soft tissue sites. Additional swab is needed if culture ordered.

Minimum Volume

1 Copan red cap dual scored swab

Transport

Room Temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or non-sterile container, incorrect swab, any site not from surface skin or soft tissue

Stability

Ambient: 24 hour; Refrigerated: 5 days

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week, 0700-2100

Reported

Within 24 hours of receipt

Method

PCR

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative for MRSA, Negative for SA

Comments

A false positive MRSA result could result from a mixed infection containing both methicillin resistant coagulase negative staphylococcus and empty cassette methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus.

CPT Codes

87641

Last Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 12:15:18 PM


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