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Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus Screen

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P114
Test group Bacterial culture
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily on day shift
Method Culture with selective/differential media
Patient Preparation None
Collection Instructions 1. Run both swabs quickly under tap water to slightly moisten the swabs.

2. Using both swabs at the same time, gently insert the swabs approx 1/4 " into the anterior nares (just inside the nasal orofice). Swab in a circular motion; and repeat in second nostril, using the same two (2) swabs.

3. Place swabs into Amies (charcoal) transport media , cap and deliver per protocol to Microbiology.
Container type Swabs in Amies transport media with charcoal
Amount to Collect 2 swabs
Sample type Anterior nares swab
Preferred volume 2 swabs in Amies transport media
Min. Volume 2 swabs in Amies transport media
Processing notes Refrigerate specimen if not set up the same day of collection.
Normal range No MRSA isolated
Synonyms MRSA screen; Staphylococcus aureus
Stability Room temperature or refrigerated 24 hours.
Turn around times 24-48 hours
Additional information Per California law effective 1/1/2009 all patients admitted to UCSF who meet one or more of the following 5 criteria must be screened for MRSA within 24 hours of admission.

Screening Criteria:
1. Patients previously discharged from an acute care hospital within 30 days of UCSF admission
2. Patients admitted to an intensive care unit
3. Patients receiving inpatient dialysis
4. Patients transferred from skilled nursing facilities

Screening is performed on swabs from the patient's anterior nares only.

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CPT coding 87081
LOINC code 52969-3
Last Updated 10/4/2013 9:57:50 PM
Entry Number 1184

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