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Test Code VRECX Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE), Culture

Additional Codes

Epic: LAB238

Quest: 8557

Testing Algorithm

If culture is positive, then identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87147 or 87149).

Specimen Required

Specimen Type: Preserved Feces

Collection Container/Type

Preferred: Amies liquod transport swab

Acceptable: Amies gel transport swab, Amies liqui elution (e-Swab), or equivalent

Specimen Volume: 1 gram or 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Collect in clean, dry container and then transfer a minimum of 1 gram or 1 mL into an Amies liquid transport swab, Amies gel transport swab, Amies liquid elution swab (e-Swab) or equivalent.

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 gram or 1 mL

Specimen Stability

Room temperature: 48 hours

Refrigerated: 48 hours

Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range

See Laboratory Report

Rejection Due To

Stool specimens preserved in transport media not listed as acceptable • Unpreserved stool

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed


Report Available

1 day

Clinical Significance

The VRE culture screen permits rapid detection of those patients who are infected or colonized with VRE.

Method Name

Bacteriologic Culture, Aerobic

Special isolation procedure on selective and differential chromogenic medium, containing 6 mcg/mL of vancomycin. Identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing are not included.

CPT Code(s)


Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153