MRSA MSSA Presurgical Screen - Northland only

Sunquest Code:SASCR  
Epic Code:LAB6418Epic Name:MRSA MSSA Presurgical Screen (Northland)
Synonyms:Methicilin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus; Staph MRSA
Methodology:Culture chrome agar selective media
Turnaround Time:Performed 7 days/week; reported wtihin 24 hours.
Special Instructions:Should be included in pre-op orders for total joint replacements and spine fusions.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Nasal swabs
Collection Instructions:Collect as for bacterial culture. Use culturette swabs or sterile containers.
Causes for Rejection:Duplicate culture within 48 hours of first specimen.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not process.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (Fairview Northland - FNMC)


Reference Range:Negative.
Use:Screening for Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA or MSSA in pre-surgical patients for total joint replacements and spine fusions to determine prophylactic treatment with Mupiricin at Northland Medical Center.

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