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The Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network), established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2016, supports nationwide lab capacity to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance and inform local responses to prevent spread and protect people.

UPHL proudly serves as the Mountain States Regional Laboratory within the AR Lab Network.

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Sample Submission Guide

CRO Isolate Testing

Organism Tested Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriecae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa andAcinetobacter baumannii
Method Maldi, Modified Carbapenem Inactivation Method (mCIM for CRE and CRPA only), PCR for detection of KPC, NDM, OXA-48, VIM, and IMP, Whole Genome Sequencing (select isolates only), and Antibiotic Susceptibility testing
Specimen Collection Pure isolate of the organism on nutrient media slant or plate that supports organism growth
Transport 2-8⁰C or Ambient

CPO Colonization Screening

Organism Tested Carbapenem Resistant-Enterobacteriecae (CRE), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) and Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB)
Method Culture and RT-PCR
Specimen Collection

Rectal Swab (Copan Dual Rectal Swab) - CRE, CRPA and CRAB

CRAB only Axilla-Groin Swabs (Puritan Sponge Swabs) and Wound and Sputum (Copan E-Swab)

Swabs should be parafilmed and in individual specimen bags with the corresponding test request form attached

Transport 2-8⁰C or Ambient**
Stabilit Swabs are stable for up to five days after date of collection
** Samples are not accepted if frozen
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