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Culture, Methicillin Resistant Staph

Mnemonic

C MRSA

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, Nasal Screen and Nasal Complete MRSA/SA PCR available as a separate order on nasal sources. MRSA SA Skin PCR Screen available as a separate order on skin and soft tissue sources.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Swab area using culture collection-transport swab

View Swab Collection Guide

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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

Reported

Preliminary: 1 day; Final Negative: 2 days

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

Comments

Additional charges for identification of organisms (CPT 87077, 87147).

CPT Codes

87081, (87077, 87147 as needed)

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 02:00:48 AM


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