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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
MRSA PCR
CategoryMicrobiology - Virology
Code
MRSP
Request form
Nose and groin swabs should be sent in for culture in addition to the nasal PCR swab.
Test information
MRSA PCR testing is a molecular method of detecting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from a nasal swab. This test is performed in patients where rapid ascertainment of MRSA status is required to inform infection control precautions e.g. on elective orthopaedic surgical wards and on the intensive care unit. PCR testing is considerably more expensive than culture-based testing. 
 
No susceptibility testing can be performed on MRSA PCR swabs.
Guidelines
MRSA PCR Wards - 29KB List of wards that can request an MRSP test.
Pre-analytical
Please store at room temperature until the swab can be transported to the laboratory.
Special requirements
Only nasal swabs will be accepted for MRSA PCR. 
 
Only certain wards can request PCR testing and a list of the current wards will be attached to this page. 
Tube type
Red Topped Liquid Stuart Swab
Liquid Stuart swab
Dual Rayon Swab in Liquid Stuart Medium
TAT Inpatient
Same day result if the sample is received during core hours 8am-5pm
Referral lab
Local
Page last updated: 08 September 2021