Ordering Recommendation

Identify Staphylococcus aureus colonization.

Mnemonic
MC STAPH
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 3 days
Positives as soon as detected

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Any site or fluid.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer specimen to a sterile container.
Swab:
Place in Eswab transport media (ARUP Supply #45877) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Dry specimens.

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Sterile Container: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Eswab: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for Staphylococcus aureus.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

Susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

All Staphylococcus aureus isolates are screened for methicillin susceptibility.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060124 Culture, Staphylococcus 20966-8
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Aliases
  • Culture, Staphylococcus
  • MRSA
  • Nasal Culture
  • Nose Culture
Staphylococcus Surveillance Culture