Ordering Recommendation

Screening culture to identify vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) bacteria. This test is not intended for screening donor material.

Mnemonic
MC VRE
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 4 days
Positives as soon as detected

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

Rectal swab.

Specimen Preparation

Transport swab in bacterial transport media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions
Remarks

All Enterococcus isolates are screened for vancomycin resistance.

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for vancomycin resistant Enterococcus.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

Identification is billed separately from culture.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060363 Culture, Vanco-Resistant Enterococcus 13316-5
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Aliases
  • Culture, VRE
  • VRE
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Culture