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Catheter Tips

Ordering information:
  • Urinary catheter tips will not be cultured as misleading results are frequent
  • Intravenous catheter tips should be cultured only when the catheter is suspected to be the cause of sepsis
Alternate names:
CVC Tip, PICC Tip
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
TIP
Specimen types:
Catheter tip
Container types:
Sterile JarSterile Jar
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Using sterile scissors, cut off only the terminal 5cm of the tip into a dry, sterile container

Notes:
  • A semi-quantitative count of organisms is made following culture to help distinguish contamination from infection
Frequency:
Daily