VRE Culture

Abbrev Code:VRECX   
Order Code:LAB3876Order Name:Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Culture (VRE)
Synonyms:Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus; Stool for VRE
CPT Codes: 87081 x1, 87077 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; results are reported within 2 days.
Special Instructions:No more than one culture per site within 7 days.
Associated Links:

IDDL Stool Collection Container Guidelines, IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Feces, perianal, perirectal swabs
Container:CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, CoPan ESwab with larger swab, Plastic Leakproof Container or Sterile Stool Transport Vial
Causes for Rejection:Patient with known VRE from previous recent feces/perirectal culture.

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 Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:No VRE isolated.
Use:Culture is performed on patients who are at risk for harboring VRE, to aid in the detection of these bacteria in a health care setting. It is not intended to diagnose infection or to guide or monitor treatment for infections.

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