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Case Entry
CE - FAQ0019

Q: Do I need to enter a positive MRSA bacteraemia or CDI specimen from a deceased patient?

A: Not for bacteraemias, however positive specimens taken from a live patient who subsequently dies should be included.

For CDI the answer is yes; unlike other collections positive specimens from deceased patients should be reported. Unlike bacteraemias, CDI testing is less likely to be affected by contamination during sample collection.