MRSA Screening

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Formal name: Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus screening

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect MRSA (Meticillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) carrier status

When to Get Tested?

When your doctor wants to determine if you are a MRSA carrier (bacteria are present on the skin and maybe multiplying but you have no evidence of an active infection) or to determine if you have an active MRSA infection (bacteria invades the skin or deeper tissues and multiplies) or to determine if MRSA are still present after an infection has been treated with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

MRSA screening may also be requested before hospital elective surgery procedures or during emergency hospital admissions.

Sample Required?

Swab of nose. Occasionally swab of wound infection site, groin, or skin lesion swab

Test Preparation Needed?

None