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Test Code SCCTIP IV Catheter Culture, LAB224

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

1. Submit IV catheter tip that has been aseptically removed in a screw-capped, sterile container.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

No growth or <15 colonies

Semi-quantitative culture of the external surface of the catheter tip. Colony counts ≥15 are associated with infections.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Culture with Identification by Conventional Method

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87070