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Staphylococcus aureus Carrier - Nose (Nasal)

Source Nose, Nasal
Mnemonic M NOSE
Specimen Requirements

Acceptable specimen: nasal swab
May use the same swab to collect specimens from both nares, rotating swab against nasal mucosa; or left and right nasal swabs may be pooled.

Submit swab in Amies transport media.

Specimen Handling Store specimen at room temperature.
Additional Information

Culture NOT suitable for diagnosis of sinusitis, otitis media or lower respiratory infections.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 48 hours.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)

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