Pathology Handbook

MRSA screen


Screen for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Clinical Indications

Suspected MRSA infection or screening

Test Includes

Culture for MRSA

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection, and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

48 to 72 hours


Bacterial swab in transport medium; urine in boric acid bottle (red top universal), if required


Routine swab small

and / or

Urine bottle micro red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible