This is a screening culture from any site for carriage of MRSA only, no age or source restrictions. Usual sources are nasal, rectal and groin. It DOES NOT include Gram stain or susceptibility. Order a Culture Skin or Culture Exudate if full work-up is desired on a lesion. MRSA PCR is available as a separate order on nasal sources from patients older than 4 years of age.
Specimen Collection Requirements
Swab area using culture collection-transport swab.
Must specify specific specimen source on order or requisition. Deliver to the laboratory ASAP.
Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers
Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours
Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture
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