Ordering Recommendation

Determine in vitro susceptibility to antimicrobial agents for Staphylococcus spp. For mecA gene testing, refer to Antimicrobial Susceptibility - mecA Gene by PCR (0060211).

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Actively growing isolate in pure culture.

Specimen Preparation

Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms.


Isolate identification and specimen source required.


Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable


Automated Broth Microdilution




2-4 days

Reference Interval

Susceptible, intermediate, or resistant.

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category

Depends on Specimen/Source/Method


The following agents are available for testing: clindamycin, daptomycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, levofloxacin, linezolid, nitrofurantoin, oxacillin, penicillin, quinupristin/dalfopristin, rifampin, tetracycline, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, and vancomycin. For serious infections with coagulase-negative staphylococci, testing for the presence of mecA may be appropriate and will be performed in order to interpret the results for b-lactam agents. Selective reporting by organism and source.

For mecA gene testing, refer to Antimicrobial Susceptibility - mecA Gene by PCR (0060211).

An additional processing fee will be billed for all organisms not submitted in pure culture, as indicated in the specimen requirements.

If species identification is not provided, identification will be performed at ARUP. Additional charges apply.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060707 Susceptibility, Staphylococcus 29576-6
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Antimicrobial Susceptibility - Staphylococcus