MRSA

Preferred Sample Type

MRSA Screen

Suitable Specimen Types

Charcoal Swab

MRSA Screen MRSA

Turnaround Time

2 to 4 Days (Negative Report) 3 to 5 Days (Positive Report)

Notes

A full MRSA screen requires a combined swab taken from the nose (both anterior nares), and groin (both sides) along with a separate throat swab. The swabs should be moistened in sterile saline before applying to the site and placed in the charcoal transport medium to maintain viability during transit to the laboratory.

Specifications

  • EQA Status: Enrolled to UK NEQAS scheme

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