Sample type and Volume required:
Screen – Adult 1 x Nose, 1x throat and 1 x perineum swab in Amies (blue or black top) transport medium. Children 1 x Nose, 1x throat and 1 x groin swab in Amies (blue or black top) transport medium.
Swabs received in the department by 18.00hrs will be processed the same day.
1-2 day (negatives); 2-3 days (positives). Positive results are telephoned to the ward or clinical team by Infection Control Team or Microbiology clinical staff if an inpatient, if outpatient the ordering clinican will be contacted by the Infection Control team.
Storage and transport:
Please place MRSA screen swabs (all three) in the same sealed transport bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Other specimen sites please place in individual sealed transport bags and send to CSR.
Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.