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Test Code VRECP Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Surveillance by PCR


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-using VRE DNA and fluorogenic, target-specific hybridization probes for the detection of the amplified DNA

Performing Laboratory

Mary Washington Healthcare-Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine-Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Specimen source is required on request form for processing.


1. A double tip swab (red top) is required for collection.

2. Both swabs must be inserted into rectum.

3. Return swab to tube to ensure specimen preservation.

4. Label swab with patient’s name (first and last), Social Security number or date of birth (inpatients:  medical record number), date and time of collection, collector’s initials, and type of specimen.

5. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.

Reference Values

See report.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday