MRSA Culture

Abbrev Code:MRSACX   
Order Code:LAB3620Order Name:MRSA Culture
Synonyms:Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
CPT Codes: 87077 x1, 87081 x1
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, Culturette Swab (GICH only), See Collection Instructions
Alternate Containers: CoPan ESwab with smaller swab
Collection Instructions:UMMC, FRH, FSH, FNH, FLH: Use CoPan Eswab.
FRMC & GICH: 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 for LAB5702, 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 Laboratory   (Grand Itasca, Range, UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:No MRSA isolated.

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