Catheter tip (IV) culture

Alphabetical Test listing

Catheter tip (IV) culture-6559

  
Catheter tip (IV) culture
  
6559
  
87070.2
  
IVC
  

Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.

  
IV catheter tip
  
  
  1. Aseptically snip off approximately a 2 inch segment beginning several millimeters below the former skin-catheter interface at the distal (tapered) end
  2. Deposit in the sterile container
  

Screw cap plastic container (sterile)

  

Source

  

Ambient (preferred) - 2 hours

Refrigerated - 24 hours

For best results, transport at room temperature within 2 hrs of collection to prevent desiccation of organisms.

  
  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Time delay between time of collection and receipt of specimen
  • Improper transport container
  • Improper transport temperature
  • Inappropriate specimen type
  • Leaking container
  
AHL - Microbiology: M
  
Daily
  
Preliminary - 1 day
Final - 3 days
  

Culture

  

Less than 15 colonies is not considered significant.

Greater than 15 colonies has been correlated with significant infections.

  
87070

Additional CPT codes (if appropriate):
87186 - Sensitivities
87077 - ID
This list may not be all inclusive if there is the need to send the ID or sensitivities out to a referral laboratory
  
11/30/2001
  
09/25/2019
  
03/06/2020