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MRSA Screening

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Formal name: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Screening
Related tests: Wound Culture

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether you are a carrier of the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and could potentially spread it to other people

When to Get Tested?

When you have no signs or symptoms of an active infection, but a healthcare practitioner wants to determine if you are a MRSA carrier, such as when you are hospitalized

Sample Required?

Swab of the nose; occasionally, swab of wound infection site or skin lesion

Test Preparation Needed?