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Test Code M047 Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Screen

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory

Specimen Requirements


Acceptable Specimens:Rectal: 1 ESwab per test request in a sterile transport tube
Stool: 0.3 g to 2 g of fresh stool in Cary-Blair transport media
Urine: ≥5 mL of urine in a BD VACUTAINER grey-top C & S preservative tube or a in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container.

 

Unacceptable Specimens:
Specimen collected with ESwab Collection Kit is unacceptable if received without fluid or swab in the transport tube.

 

 

Collection Procedure:

Rectal Swab

1. Pass ESwab beyond anal sphincter.

2. Rotate ESwab and withdraw.

3. Return ESwab to culture transport tube.

4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only.

Note: Specimen source is required.

 

Stool

1. 0.3 g to 2 g of fresh stool in Cary-Blair transport media.
2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only.
Note: Specimen source is required.

 

Urine

1. Aseptically collect ≥5 mL of urine in a BD VACUTAINER grey-top C & S preservative tube or a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container.
2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only.
Note: Specimen source is required.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time:
STAT: not available
Routine: final negative report at 3 days

Reference Values

Not applicable

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87081

Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Minimum Volume:

Rectal: 1 ESwab per test request in a sterile transport tube
Stool: 0.3g of fresh stool in Cary-Blair transport media
Urine: 5 mL of urine in a BD VACUTAINER grey-top C & S preservative tube or a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container
Laboratory Processing Instructions:
Test performed in BJH Microbiology.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient