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Test Code SCCTIP IV Catheter Culture, LAB224

Methodology

Culture with Identification by Conventional Method

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

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87070