Neonatal admission and transfer screen




  • Samples are routinely screened for MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Suitable sampling sites for MRSA are nose and groin and any wounds, including umbilicus
  • Suitable sampling sites for Pseudomonas aeruginosa are NPA/throat swab and groin swab
  • Samples for Pseudomonas aeruginosa screening are normally repeated every week for patients in NICU
  • Screening for other organisms of concern can be arranged after discussion with the Infection Control Team
  • See also:

Sample requirements


Dry swab for MRSA screen only

Do not use for any other samples



Standard charcoal transport swab

Place swab into transport medium




30 mL sterile Universal for NPA

Dry swab for MRSA screens 

Charcoal transport swab

30mL sterile universal container 

Required information

  • Previous colonisation status from transferring hospital


Store and transport at room temperature

Turnaround time

Negative: 1 - 2 days

Positive: 2 - 4 days

Page last reviewed: 23/08/2014