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Test Code SCESBL Cult ESBL Resistant Screen, LAB2975

Important Note

This test should only be ordered in conjunction with an infection Prevention Consultation.

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:

Rectal Swab with no visible stool.


Unacceptable Specimens:

Any specimen other than rectal.


1.  Collect specimen as instructed by the Microbiology Lab

2.  Maintain sterility and forward promptly

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

Reference Values

No ESBL isolated

Critical value: all positives

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday


Culture by Conventional Method to Specifically Isolate and Identify Enterobacteriaceae that are extended spectrum beta lactamase producers (Resistant to Penicillin and Cephalosporin class of antibiotics).

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

Test Classification and CPT Coding