MRSA screening is aimed to prevent the transmission of MRSA by providing staff with the information to identify and manage patients who are colonised or infected.
Automated liquid culture with digital imaging.
|Copan triple pack swabs
|Mon- Sun 8.30 - 5pm
|Copan triple pack swabs are available from Microbiology for MRSA screening. These contain 2 pink swabs and 1 white swab.
|LGI Microbiology Department
|The first pink swab should be used to sample both axillas, the swab is rotated into the liquid to discharge material, excess liquid squeezed against side and then discarded. Procedure is repeated with second pink swab on groin site. The white swab should be used for the nose. This swab is then broken at the marked point and remains in the tube. Pictorial instructions are found here
If more than three sites are to be sampled use the first pink swab for both the axilla’s and then the groin before discharging material into liquid media. The second pink swab would then be used for the additional hard to decolonise site. If more than 4 sites are to be sampled use the swabs from another pack but always ensure material is discharged into one tube. One tube=one screen.
|IP Routine TAT
|GP Routine TAT