Staph aureus culture (MSSA + MRSA)

Alphabetical Test listing

Staph aureus culture (MSSA + MRSA)-12427

Staph aureus culture (MSSA + MRSA)
Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus
Methicillin resistant Staph aureus
Nasal culture

Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.


Detects Staphylococcus aureus, both methicillin susceptible (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant (MRSA).

Nares swab

Nasal specimen: {Only one swab for right and left nares}

  1. Insert culture swab into nostrils and extend the swab at least 1 cm into the nares
  2. Firmly sample the membrane by rotating the swab and leaving it in place for 10-15 seconds
  3. Withdraw the swab and insert into the ESwab standard tip collection kit (white) transport tube
  4. Cap tightly

ESwab standard tip collection kit (white)


Miscellaneous source swab

Other bacterial culture swab


Other bacterial culture swab

  • Source

Ambient - 24 hours

  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Time delay between time of collection and receipt of specimen
  • Improper transport container
  • Improper transport temperature
  • Inappropriate specimen type
  • Leaking container
AHL - Microbiology: M
1 - 2 days



No Staph aureus isolated; no MRSA


Additional CPT codes (if appropriate):
87186 - Sensitivities
87077 - ID

This list may not be all inclusive if there is the need to send the ID or sensitivities out to a referral laboratory