MRSA Screen by Culture

Test Code

Preferred Specimen
Sources: Nasal, axilla or groin
Specimen collected on eSwab, minitip eSwab,  or culture swabs.
NOTE: For surveillance studies on MRSA, several sites may be sampled on one swab, or several swabs of separate sites may be submitted as one culture study.

To collect specimen insert swab about 1 inch into nares and rotate against mucosa and remove.

Specimen Stability
Specimen Type Temperature Time
eSwab Ambient/Refrigerated 48 hours

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Unacceptable specimens:
Swabs other than routine culture swabs (such as from collection kits for Amplified Probe or other DNA testing) or dry swabs.

Performing Laboratory
McKee Medical Center - Microbiology/Molecular Laboratory

Last Review: Dr. William Lainhart, August 12, 2022

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.