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CULTURE, BACTERIA, MRSA SCREEN

Test Code MRSA 
Test CULTURE, BACTERIA, MRSA SCREEN 
Methodology Selective Culture 
Description Useful only for the detection of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Susceptibility testing is not performed. 
Specimen 1. Use a swab to collect specimen from nares, groin or other site.
2. Submit swab in bacterial culture transport medium.
3. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and specimen source.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature.
NOTE: 1. Specimen source is required on request form for processing.
NOTE: 2. If detection other pathogens or antibiotic susceptibility testing is desired, order a bacterial culture appropriate for the specimen source. A routine culture with susceptibility test will detect a wide variety of pathogens, including MRSA. 
Reference Values Not applicable 
Analytic Time 2 Days 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday 
CPT Code(s) 87081  Culture, Screening