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.

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