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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) - Rectal, Stool

Source Rectal
Stool
Mnemonic M MRSA
Specimen Requirements

Rectal: submit rectal swab in Amies transport media.


Swab may be moistened with transport media prior to collection.

Stool: submit a small sample of stool (approximately 1 gram) in a plain sterile container. DO NOT use preservatives.

 

Specimen Handling Store specimen at 4°C.
Additional Information

There MUST be evidence of fecal material on the swab i.e. yellow or brown coloration.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 48 hours.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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