|Test Name||Catheter Tip Culture|
|Alias||Intravenous Catheter Culture|
Intralumen Catheter Culture
Arterial Catheter Culture
|Preferred Specimen||Intravenous or Arterial Catheter Segment|
|Preferred Container||Sterile Container|
|Optimum Volume||1 Segment|
|Handling Instructions||After removal of catheter, aseptically cut off the section desired for culture (approximately 0.5 - 1 inch)|
Place specimen in a sterile container. Send to laboratory immediately to prevent drying. Gram stains are NOT performed on catheter segments. Submit a swab of the catheter site separately if a gram stain is desired (order code 615).
|Transport Requirements||Oahu: Refrigerated|
|Specimen Stability||Ambient: 2 Hours|
Refrigerated: 1 Day
|Rejection Criteria||Frozen, Specimen older than stability limits, Foley catheter received|
|Analytic Time||2 Days|
Preliminary report at 24 hours. Additional time is needed for organism identification and susceptibility testing.
|Methodology||Roll-plate semi-quantitative culture with visual examination for bacterial growth on/in non-selective media.|
The reference ranges listed below are valid on this date of May 25, 2022.
|Component||Age||Male Norm||Male Critical Low||Male Critical High||Female Norm||Female Critical High||Female Critical Low||Units||Add'l info|
|Report Status:||ALL||See report.|