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Test Code SCMRSA MRSA Culture, LAB234


Culture by Conventional Method to Specifically Isolate and Identify Staphylococcus aureus that is Methicillin (Oxacillin) Resistant.

Note: If MRSA is detected, infection prevention will be notified and inpatients will be isolated.

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:

Specimens other than nasal or wound for routine or pre-surgical screening (ie, tracheal aspirate)


Unacceptable Specimens:

Routine nasal screening identified by Infection Control, pre-surgical nasal or wound screening


1. Collect specimen as instructed by microbiology laboratory.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

No MRSA isolated

Critical value: all positives

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Report Available

1-2 days