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 Recent changes for Catheter Tip Culture

Recent changes for Catheter Tip Culture
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
17th November 2020
Alternative names

Intravenous catheter tip culture

Intravenous catheter tip culture, Permacath

Catheter Tip Culture

Alternative Names:Intravenous catheter tip culture
Permacath
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:WSK
Medicare rebatable:No
Specimen Types:Catheter Tip
Container Types:
Sterile ContainerSterile Container
Collection & Request Instructions:

With sterile scissors, cut off the terminal 5cm of the tip into a dry sterile container.

1. Clearly state the type of tip to be cultured.

 2. Urinary catheter tips will not be cultured, as misleading results are frequent. Intravenous catheter tips should be cultured only when the catheter is suspected to be the cause of sepsis.

3. A semi-quantitative count of organisms is made following culture to help distinguish contamination from infection.

 

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature