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Staph aureus Culture

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P115
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shift.
Method Culture
Collection Instructions Anterior nares swab:
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 transport media with charcoal, cap and deliver to Microbiology.
Container type Swab in Amies transport medium with charcoal
Sample type Anterior nares swab to screen for carrier, skin or soft tissue swab
UCSF Rejection Criteria Swabs not submitted in Amies transport medium with charcoal
Normal range
Stability 24 hours at room temperature or refrigerated
Turn around times 2-4 days
Reflex? Susceptibility testing is performed if Staphylococcus aureus is isolated.
CPT coding 87081
Last Updated 6/19/2013 3:43:59 PM
Entry Number 1438
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