Meticillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus Screen (MSSA) (screen nose groin)
Screening for MSSA is only done by prior arrangement with Microbiology. Please contact the department for further information if screening is required.
- Dry swabs (no transport medium) and standard charcoal transport swabs are both suitable for MSSA screening, but dry swabs are cheaper
- The following sites are screened:
- nose and groin
- any wounds (including umbilicus in neonates) and entry sites
- urine (if catheterised)
- sputum (if productive)
- other swabs as directed by Infection Control Nurses
- swabs from other sites (e.g. axilla, throat) will not be processed, unless these are required by another healthcare provider and this is made clear on the request form
Dry swab - these should only be used for MSSA screens. Moisten swabs with sterile saline or water before use.
Do not tip saline/water into the swab tube.
Place swab into transport medium
Urine samples sent in red capped 30 mL sterile universal containers are also accepted.
60 mL wide-mouthed container for sputum
- Reason for screening e.g. admission, transfer, post-decolonisation check, contact
- If testing is required for another heathcare provider
Store and transport at room temperature
Negative: 1 - 2 days
Positive: 2 - 4 days