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MRSA (Bacteriology, Wythenshawe Campus)

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.

General information

Collection container: Collect swabs dry, or into Amies transport medium with charcoal swabs under the direction of your local IPC Team.

Specimen type: Swab from Nose, Groin and manipulated wound sites

Perineal swabs will be accepted if agreed with your local IPC Team

Urine, Sputum and manipulated sites will be accepted if they are within local guidance and agreed with the IPC Team

culture A

Collection: Use aseptic technique

Specimen transport: Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible.

Special precautions: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.

Laboratory information

Turnaround time: Negative screen at 1 working day. Positive MRSA result with sensitivities at 2 working days

Clinical information

Factors known to significantly affect the results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy where possible.


(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)