STAPH SCREEN

Mnemonic

STS

Synonym

MRSA Culture,

Includes

Screen for MRSA only

Guidelines

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

Collect

Swab area using culture collection-transport swab.

Handling

Must specify specific specimen source on order or requisition. Deliver to the laboratory ASAP.

Minimum Volume

1 swab

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

CPT Codes

87081

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:28 AM