Sign in →

Test Code LAB13306 Nasal MRSA/SA Colonization Screen By PCR

Department

Microbiology

Collection Requirements

Using the Dual Swab collection kit (for inpatient order call 36755), rim the inside of both nares 5 times with each swab.

Screening test only.

To only be used from nares source.

Primary Collection Container

Liquid stuart double culture swab

Transport

Refrigerated

Preferred Transport Temperature

Refrigerated

Stability

Refrigerated: 5 days

Reference Range

Negative

Methodology

PCR

Performed

Monday – Friday

6:30 am – 1:30 pm

Reported

1-3 days

CPT Codes

87640, 87641

Unacceptable Conditions

Avoid using Flonase or Nasonex prior to collection.

Additional Information

Swabs collected from sites of suspected infection (wounds, etc.) are not appropriate.