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Test Code NBLD5025 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), NAD, Nasal

Useful For

A nasal screening assay for the prevention and management of MRSA-/methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)-associated infection


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Nasal

Container/Tube: Dual-tipped Copan swab

Specimen Volume: Adequate amount

Collection Instructions:

  1. Tilt patient’s head at a 70° angle.
  2. Insert swab into nostril.
  3. Rotate swab against inside of nostril for 3 seconds. Apply slight pressure with a finger on external nose to help assure good contact between swab and nasal mucosal surface.
  4. Withdraw swab and insert same swab into other nostril, repeat procedure.
  5. Return swab to transport tube.
  6. Label tube with patient’s name (first and last), date and actual time of collection, and type of specimen.

Specimen Rejection: Any specimen other than nasal swab

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Swab Ambient 24 hours
  Refrigerated 5 days


Reference Values

MRSA not detected


A positive result indicates the detection of MRSA/MSSA target nucleic acid.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding