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MRSA Screening by PCR (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Nares only)

Mnemonic:    [MRSA PCR]
Name:    MRSA Screening by PCR (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Nares only)
Specimen:    Transystem RED dual swab collected from nares. ONLY Nares samples are acceptable.
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 5 days refrigerated.
Reference Range:    Negative
  Method:    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Note:    The Cepheid Xpert MRSA Assay is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic test designed for rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from nasal swabs in patients at risk for nasal colonization.
Processing Info:    Store swab specimen at room temperature (15-30 C) if it will be processed within 24 hours, otherwise store swab at 2-8 C. The swab specimen is stable up to 5 days when stored at 2-8 C.

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