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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  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.