Item Value
Test name Staph aureus Culture
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 2-4 days
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shift.
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range
Container type Swab in Amies transport medium with charcoal
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.
Sample type Anterior nares swab to screen for carrier, skin or soft tissue swab

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667