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Test Name: MRSA Screen
Test Code: 50030
Other Names: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Test Includes: MRSA Screen
Specimen Requirements: Bacterial swab containing gel
Container: Bacterial swab containing gel (Ames, Copan, Remel, BD), Sterile container
Collection Instructions: Swab the interior nares while applying slight pressure and rotating the swab to sample the inside surface.
Stability: Maintain specimen at room temperature. Stable for less than 48 hours at RT.
Rejection Criteria / Special Instructions: Improper labeling, inappropriate specimen swab ; Expired swab. Specimen received after prolonged delay (more than 48 hours). Bacterial swab received in dry transport medium.
Methodology: Culture