This test was performed using a modification of an FDA approved method. The performance characteristics of this test were determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories and meet the standards for clinical testing.
Negative test results may occur from improper specimen collection, handling or storage, presence of inhibitor or because the number of organisms in the specimen is below the analytical sensitivity of the test.
A positive test does not necessarily indicate the presence of viable organisms.
Specimens submitted for MRSA surveillance from anatomic sites other than nares, axilla and groin will be ordered as a routine culture.
See Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Screening Procedure.