Catheter Tip Culture

Catheter Tip Culture   

Test Name:   Catheter Tip Culture
Alternate Name (s):    
Laboratory Module:   Microbiology
Ordering Mnemonic:   CTIP

Once catheter tip is selected as the source of the specimen, a further description can be entered using the source dictionary. For instance:

CEN- Central Line

HICC- Hickman Catheter

PIC- Pic Catheter tip

TIP- Catheter Tip

Foley Catheters are not acceptable for culture.

Use the free text comment section  to define the exact location of where the specimen was obtained from for a more accurate processing of the specimen.

Please submit Blood cultures to correlate the diagnosis of catheter related sepsis.


Specimen Type:    Any catheter that is removed from the body, may be submitted for culture (Foley catheters are not acceptable)
Collection Container:   Sterile Container
Container Information
Sterile Container
Collection Information:   The specimen should be aseptically transferred to a sterile container.
Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:   Routine

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 48 hours

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 48 hours

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:   As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.
Lab Process Notes :    
Storage & Transport:   The specimen should be stored refrigerated, and when brought to the lab the specimen should be refrigerated until processed.

Bacterial counts are not valid if not stored at the proper temperature.

Test Referred to :    On site, BGH Laboratory


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