Carbapenem Producing Organism - Colonization screening

TEST NAME Carbapenem producing organism colonization screening
DISEASE/DISORDER Carbapenem producing organism colonization
ALTERNATE NAME(S) CRE screening , CPO screening
METHODOLOGY Carba-R cartridges on a Cepheid instrument
  • Requested through consultation with state epidemiologists or ARLN program coordinators.

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation
  • None
Specimen Collection
  • Dual Copan® swab to be collected from the rectum.
Specimen Labeling
  • Two unique patient identifiers are required on the specimen matching order in the Lab Web Portal.
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Store specimens at 2-30°C.
Specimen Transportation
  • Ship specimens at 2-30°C. 
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180). 
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • Two unique patient identifiers are required on the specimen matching order in the Lab Web Portal.
  • The specimen must be tested within 5 days from the date of collection.
  • Testing is only performed on specimens received from patients 22 years or older.
  • Specimens received that do not meet the specimen requirements outlined in the Directory of Services or that deviate from the special instructions will not be acceptable for testing.
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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