Tests Performed at the Mountain States Regional Laboratory

The following tests in the table below are provided by the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network) Regional Laboratory, which currently is the Utah Public Health Laboratory for the Mountain region states. While all the tests listed below are performed in Utah, some specimen types must be shipped to the Texas Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory (Texas AR Laboratory) before being forwarded. 

  • Specimen types shipped directly to the Utah Public Health Laboratory (pink): Coordination with a Texas HAI Epidemiologist (MDROTexas@dshs.texas.gov) is required for specimens shipped directly to the Utah Public Health Laboratory.

  • Specimen types shipped through the Texas AR Laboratory (green): Appropriate Texas DSHS Laboratory submission forms (see Specimen Submission Steps page) must be submitted with the specimens. The specimens will be processed by the Texas AR Laboratory first and then forwarded to the Utah Public Health Laboratory for testing.
Organism Specimen Type Testing Name Ship Specimens to

CRAB

(Carbapenem-resistant

Acinetobacter baumannii)

Colonization Swab Culture and/or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Utah Public Health Laboratory
Isolates Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Utah Public Health Laboratory
Isolates

Identification (ID), Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST),

Mechanism

Texas AR Laboratory

CRE

(Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

Colonization Swab PCR Utah Public Health Laboratory
Isolates WGS Utah Public Health Laboratory

Isolates **resistant to ceftazidime/avibactam and the carbapenem antibiotics, and

produces metallo-beta-lactamase

(NDM, IMP, VIM)

Expanded AST Utah Public Health Laboratory

CRPA

(Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa)

Colonization Swab PCR Utah Public Health Laboratory
Isolates WGS Utah Public Health Laboratory
Candida Isolates AST Texas AR Laboratory

Last updated January 15, 2021