Test Overview
Test Methodology

Culture

Test Usage

To screen patients for MRSA and determine when Contact Precautions is needed.

Reference Range *

No Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Limitations

The culture will be screened for only MRSA.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

24 - 72 hours

Soft Order Code
MRSA
MiChart Code
MRSA Culture
Synonyms
  • Culture, MRSA
  • Methcillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Culture
  • MRSA Culture
  • Culture, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • METHICILLIN RES STAPH CULT
  • MRSA
Laboratory
Microbiology
Section
Microbiology
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen from nose, nasopharynx, or other source and place in aerobic transport tube.

Rejection Criteria
Specimen >24 hours
Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab
Storage Temperature
Ambient: Up to 24 hours
Refrigerated: Up to 24 hours
Frozen: No
Billing
CPT Code
87081
Fee Code
32288
NY State Approved
No
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