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Test Code SCMRSA MRSA Culture, LAB234

Important Note

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


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