Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Name
Culture- Catheter Tip

CMH Lab Section
Microbiology

Specimen Requirements
Aseptically clip off a 2-inch distal segment of the catheter directly into a screw-topped tube or polycup. Deliver to the lab immediately.

Availability
Routine

Turn Around Time
48 hrs

Special Instructions
Acceptable IV catheters for semi-quantitative culture: central line, CVP, Hickman, Broviac, arterial, umbilical, hyperalimentation and Swan-Ganz. Culture of Cath tip in the absence of concurrent blood cultures has no clinical relevance.

Ranges
No bacteria isolated

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