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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.


  Test: Antibiotic Resistance Confirmation Test  
  Method: Varies  
  Availability: Monday - Friday by 0900  
  Specimen: Actively growing isolated organism in pure culture  
  Collection Device: Organism on agar slant  
  Storage/Transport: Ambient; ship in NPHL Triple Packvia NPHL ground courier or Federal Express (call 402-559-2440 or 866-290-1406 for NPHL courier pickup)  
  Unacceptable: Nonviable organism, mixed culture, leaking container  
  Specimen Stability: Stable at ambient  
  Reference Interval:  
  Reportable Disease:  
  Comments: Sties submitting specimens for testing must be approved by the Epidemiology Program at DHHS Regulation and Licensure. Please call NPHL for clarification at 402-559-2440 or 866-290-1406. A Special Microbiology Requisition or NPHL Web Order must accompany specimens. Indicate source of organism, identification test results, susceptibility testing results, and any other pertinent information. Isolates may be requested for confirmation of VRE, MRSA, ESBL, VRSA, and VISA by the Nebraska State Epidemiology Program.  
  Revised: 7/13/2011 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.