Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus Screening (Nasal Only)

Last Modified: 5/17/2019 4:11:06 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes: This is a culture for nasal carriage of MRSA only, and does not include susceptibilities. 

When checking for MRSA in Surface Wounds, please order test code CXAER and note Rule out MRSA: The Aerobic culture of surface wounds include aerobic pathogens and susceptibilities if appropriate. 

When checking for MRSA in the Genital Areas, please order test code CXGEN: The Genital Culture incudes screening for primarily gonorrhea and Group B Strep but also MRSA.
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: Aerobic Culture Swab (Red cap w/out gel or Red cap w/ Pledget)
Collection Instructions: Nasal Collection Instructions
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 24 hours Ambient
Reference Range: No MRSA isolated
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  
Methodology: Manual
Clinical Significance:  
Custom Panel: No


PHL Test Code: CXMRS
EPIC Test Code: LAB234
Alternate Test Names: MRSA Screening (Nasal Only)
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87081

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