MRSA Culture


Sunquest Code:MRSAC  
Epic Code:LAB3620Epic Name:Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Cult
Synonyms:Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Methodology:Culture
CPT Code:87081, 87077
Test Includes:Culture for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day. Results reported within 2-3 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat, nose, rectal, axilla. For other sites order wound culture and indicate site.
Container:CoPan Eswab with larger swab, See Collection Instructions (CoPan Swab with smaller swab)
Collection Instructions:UMMC, FRH, FSH, FNH, FLH: Use CoPan Eswab. FRMC: Use culturette swab. Collect as for bacterial culture. Use culturette swabs or sterile containers. Note: For nasal swabs, the PCR assay is preferred. See separate Lab Guide entry: Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant by PCR.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Grand Itasca GICH)


Interpretive

Reference Range:No MRSA isolated.


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