Culture- Catheter Tip
CMH Lab Section
Aseptically clip off a 2-inch distal segment of the catheter directly into a screw-topped tube or polycup. Deliver to the lab immediately.
Turn Around Time
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.
No bacteria isolated