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MRSA swab
Lab code: MRST
 
Test Synonyms:
MRSA nasal swab; Methicillin resistant staph aureus nasal swab
 
Lab:
Microbiology
Inpatient Req:
Microbiology (#11854)  
Outpatient Req:
Clinical Labs (#83608)  
Specimen:
Swab
A swab collection of the anterior nares. Collection from both the left and right nares with a single swab is preferred, but collection from a single nares is acceptable. NICU, PICU and Nurseries: For patients <3 years of age or incontinent obtain a combined nares, axilla and groin culture (in that order) using the same swab.
Result Time:
Prelim: 24 hours   Cost: $$
Reference Interval: