Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, PCR

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
Nasal double swab submitted in Liquid Amies Collection tube

Other Acceptable Specimens
Nasal swab collected in: Liquid Stuarts, or Cepheid Collection Device

Swab must be inserted into nostril up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) from edge of the nare and rolled 5 times. Repeat using same swab in the other nostril. Return swab to its container.

Nasal swab collected in: BBL™ Culture Swab™ Liquid Amies, Double Swab or Copan Venturi Transystem™ Liquid Amies, Double Swab

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 24 hours
Refrigerated: 5 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat p.m.; Report available: 1 day

Reference Range
Not detected

Clinical Significance
Rapid, direct detection of nasal colonization by MRSA. Aids in the prevention and control of MRSA infections in healthcare settings.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.