VRE Culture Screen

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 87081 - QTY (1)


  • Culture, VRE
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Culture
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Screen

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
OneRectalSwab in Amies or Stuart's media without charcoal AmbientCollect specimen with BBL Culture swab in liquid Stuart medium (Lawson #101647; Cardinal #4320109) or Copan swab in liquid Amies medium (Lawson #156966; Cardinal #4320147). Both swabs are made by Copan.


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient24 hours
Refrigerated72 hours

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

4 days


Name Description

Reference Range

VRE Culture Screen
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
       No Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus isolated 

Special Info

If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge. Identification CPT code that may apply is 87077. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are not performed.

Clinical Info

Rule out colonization