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Epic Code LAB1230856 MRSA Screen PCR (Inpatient)

Test Name Alias

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Screen PCR | MRSA Screen PCR | LAB1230829

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Clinical Information

This test detects MRSA carrier status and is not used to diagnose infection.

Ordering Instructions

Test used to rule out colonization only. 

To diagnose infection due to MRSA, order Wound Culture with Gram Stain LAB2111191

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Collection Instructions

Specimen Type: Swab – Nasal only

Container/Tube: ESwab collection & transport system

Collection Instructions:

  1. Open the peel pouch and remove the contents. Aseptically unscrew and remove the cap from the ESwab.
  2. Place the tube in a secure position so as not to allow the liquid to leak out of the tube.
  3. Remove the swab. Collect the patient’s sample using the swab.
  4. Insert the swab back into the tube of liquid, all the way to the bottom of the tube.
  5. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube, break the applicator shaft at the colored breakpoint indication line.
  6. Screw the cap on tightly to prevent leakage. Discard the broken handle of the shaft into an approved medical waste disposal container.
  7. Write the patient’s information (Name and Date of Birth) on the tube or apply a label with patient’s information. Indicate source.
  8. Send specimen to the Laboratory, specimen is unacceptable if received without fluid or swab in the transport tube.


Transport Temperature: Refrigerate

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 48 hours

Refrigerate: 48 hours

Laboratory Retention: 2 days

Test Frequency

Available daily, usual TAT 1 day.

Reference Range

No methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus detected.

Performing Department


Performing Department Laboratory Location

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI





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