VRERP - Specimen: Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus, Molecular Detection, PCR

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Test ID: VRERP    
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus, Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus DNA is unlikely.

 

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).

 

Specimen source is required.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Perianal, perirectal, rectal

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab

Specimen Volume: Swab

 

Acceptable:

Specimen Type: Preserved Stool

Container/Tube: Commercially available transport system specific for recovery of enteric pathogens from fecal specimens (15 mL of non-nutritive transport medium containing phenol red as a pH indicator, either Cary-Blair, Para-Pak C and S)

Specimen Volume: Representative portion of stool

 

Specimen Type: Unpreserved stool

Container/Tube: Stool container (Supply T288)

Specimen Volume: Representative portion of stool

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

E-swab, calcium alginate swab, cotton-tipped swab, swab sent in gel transport medium, swab sent in viral or universal transport medium, or dry swab

 

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days
 Frozen 7 days