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Nasal Complete MRSA/SA PCR

Mnemonic

NASAL COMP

Includes

Screen for Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by polymerase chain reaction

Guidelines

This is a nasal site only screening test for carriage of SA or MRSA. It does not include a susceptibility report. This test is intended as a pre-surgical screen for select surgical procedures.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Both nostrils will be swabbed.

Collect

Nasal Swab, use ONLY Transystem Double Swab available from  Legacy Laboratory Services.

View Swab Collection Guide

Handling

See MRSA PCR Specimen Collection Guide.

Deliver ASAP to the laboratory.

Minimum Volume

One Transystem Double Swab

Transport

Room temperature (15-28ºC)

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or non-sterile container, incorrect swab

Stability

Room Temperature (15-28ºC): 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8ºC): 5 days

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week 0700-2100

Reported

24 hours from receipt

Method

PCR

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

CPT Codes

87641

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 01:41:17 AM


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