Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Culture : 1000991

Test Code
VREC or 1000991

Alias/See Also
VRE; VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus)

CPT Codes
87081

Includes
VRE are speciated and reported with susceptibility results.

Instructions
Feces:
1. Collect a stool specimen in a bedpan or waxed container (do not contaminate with urine).
2. Examine the specimen for mucus or blood and sample these areas if present.
3. Unscrew the cap of the Cary Blair transport vial and add approximately 1 gram of fecal material.
4. Securely refasten the cap and vigorously shake the vial to mix stool with transport medium.

Anal swabs:
1. Insert the swab into the rectum (through the anal sphincter) and rotate gently.
2. Remove the swab and place into transport medium.

Transport Container
See specimen collection information. Submit 1 gram stool in Cary Blair transport vial or anal swab (aerobic/anaerobic transport container).

Alternate container: Samples too small to allow sufficient material to be placed into the appropriate transport container may be submitted refrigerated in a sterile screw capped container. However, strong consideration should be given to collection of another sample. Small samples are subject to rejection.

Transport Temperature
Cary Blair transport vial or aerobic/anaerobic container: Ambient; Alternate container: Refrigerated.

Specimen Stability
Transport as quickly as possible.

Methodology
Exam for vancomycin resistant Enterococci

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1-2 days

Reference Range
No VRE isolated

Performing Laboratory
med fusion



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