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Epic Test Name CULTURE CATH TIP
Components
Synonyms Culture, catheter tip
Description When catheter infection is suspected and there ia a catheter exit site exudate, swab the drainage to collect specimens for culture and gram staining.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile plastic container (leakproof).
Specimen Type IV catheter tip
Preferred Collection Volume tip
Minimum Collection Volume tip
Collection Instructions For central venous catheters, the catheter tip should be cultured, rather than the subcutaneous segment.
Specimen Handling Ambient
Rejection Criteria Refrigerated or frozen
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range Culture negative for aerobes.
CPT Code(s) 87071
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Phone: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimePreliminary: at 24 hrs; Final: at 48 hrs if negative.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes Catheter cultures should be performed when a catheter is removed for suspected catheter-related bloodstream infection; catheter cultures should not be obtained routinely.
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018


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