Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Colonization Screening Culture

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Turnaround Time: 2 - 3 days
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Test Type: One Swab specimen


This test is not intended to establish diagnosis of MRSA infection.
Baron E. The detection, significance, and rationale for control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.Clin Microbiol Newsl. 1992; 14(17).

Murray PR, Baron EJ, Jorgensen JH, et al. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 9th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2007.

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

This test is intended only for screening for MRSA colonization and is not intended to diagnose MRSA infection or to guide or monitor treatment for infections.

Bacterial swab transport.

Nares: Insert swab into one anterior naris. Apply slight pressure to the nostril and rotate swab to sample the inside surface. Insert the same swab into the other naris and repeat. Place swab into swab transport tube.

Axilla, groin: Swab the surface of the superficial skin area. Place swab into swab transport tube.

Maintain specimen at room temperature.