Most MRSA infections are healthcare-associated, but an
increasing number of infections are community-acquired, with
patients having no established risk factors for acquisition of
MRSA. While infections with community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) are
usually mild they can be severe.
Collection container (including preservatives):
Collect swabs dry, or into Amies transport medium with charcoal
Specimen type: Swab from Nose, Groin and
manipulated wound sites
Perineal swabs will be accepted if agreed with your local IPC
Collection: Use aseptic technique
Specimen transport: Specimens should be
transported and processed as soon as possible.
Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable
Special precautions: If processing is delayed,
refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature.
Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.
Measurement units: Not applicable
Turnaround time: Negative screen at 1 day
Positive MRSA result with sensitivities at 2 days
95% of results reported within 24hrs
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect the
results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy