Time Sensitive

Ordering Recommendation

Use in screening for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae as recommended by CDC. This test is not intended for screening donor material.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is not New York state approved. There are no New York state-approved laboratories available. Submit a Non-Permitted Laboratory Request Form (NPL) to the NYDOH prior to collection of specimen. If NPL is approved by NYDOH, and sample is received at ARUP, testing will be performed.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Rectal swab, respiratory, skin or wound. Before submitting specimen(s), call (800) 242-2787, ext. 2248, to notify the Bacteriology Laboratory of the number of specimens being shipped and the date of shipment.

Specimen Preparation

Transport swab 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


Unacceptable Conditions

Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable 






1-7 days
Negative culture reported at 7 days.  Positive culture reported as soon as detected.

Reference Interval

Culture negative for carbapenem-resistant organisms.

Interpretive Data

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2011418 Culture, Carbapenem-Resistant Organism 73834-4
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  • carbapenem resistance
  • carbapenemase
  • CRAB
  • CRE
  • KPC
  • NDM
  • VIM
Carbapenem-Resistant Organism Culture