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Culture, Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus

Mnemonic

C VRE

Synonym

VRE Culture

Includes

Screen for VRE only

Guidelines

This is a screening culture from any site for carriage of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) only. Usual sources are rectal or stool. It does not include Gram stain or susceptibility. Order a Culture, Skin Superficial, or Culture, Exudate if full work-up is desired on a lesion.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Swab area using culture collection/transport swab. Place stool in Enteric Transport to fill line on vial or deliver fresh stool to lab within 1 hour of collection.

Patient Instructions for Stool Culture and Gastrointestinal Panel: English

View Swab Collection Guide

View Stool Collection Guide

Handling

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

Minimum Volume

1 swab, 1 vial of stool in Enteric Transport vial or 0.5 gm fresh stool

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient in transport: 24 hours; Ambient for fresh stool: 1 hour

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 organism (CPT 87077, 87181).

CPT Codes

87081, (87077, 87181 as needed)

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 02:41:05 AM


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