Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for MRSA Screen

Test Name: MRSA Screen
Alternate Name(s): Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Screen
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Nasal
Perianal
Urine, Wound Swabs (Specify site)
Collection Information: Use a Dual eSwab™ (Pink top)

- Select the swab with the pink applicator and collect the nasal sample by rotating the swab 5 times in each nostril
- Dip the swab into the transport tube, swirl for 5 seconds, lift and press the swab on the inside of the tube to drain excess liquid, and discard swab
- Cap the tube to prevent a spill
- Using the swab with the white applicator, collect the perianal or rectal sample according to your hospital’s current practice
- Do not touch the white swab applicator below the pink scored breakpoint
- Insert the swab all the way into the transport tube and, holding the end of the swab applicator, bend it toward you until it breaks off
- Cap the tube and label using the combined ‘Nasal/Perianal’ specimen type

For single site collections:

Use a Single eSwab™ (White cap)

- Remove the swab and avoid touching the swab applicator below the pink scored breakpoint
- Collect the sample by rolling the swab over the site
- Insert the swab all the way into the transport tube and, holding the end of the swab applicator, bend it toward you until it breaks off
- Cap the tube and label using the combined ‘Nasal/Perianal’ specimen type


NOTE:
If collecting both Nasal and Perianal samples, order only ONE test using the specimen type "Nasal/Perianal".


This sample type cannot be processed as a STAT request. Samples are handled in a priority sequence and results are reported as they become available.
Requisition: MICROBIOLOGY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
1 day
Stat
 
 
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2007-10-09
Revised Date: 2020-04-02
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments:  
Method of Analysis: Culture
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
Cerner
MRST
 
Referred To:  

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