Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Vascular Tip Culture

Test Name: Vascular Tip Culture
Alternate Name(s): Tip Culture
Catheter Tip Culture
PICC tip Culture
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Vascular Catheter Tip: 5-7 cm (2-3 inches) off the distal ends and 1 set peripheral blood culture collected at the same time.
Collection Information: This sample type cannot be processed as a STAT request. Samples are handled in a priority sequence and results are reported as they become available.

Cleanse insertion site with Chlorhexidine swab.
Allow to dry.
Using sterile technique, cut 5-7 cm (2-3 inches) off of the distal ends of the catheter.
Place this portion in a sterile container.
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 days
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2008-07-24
Revised Date: 2020-02-12
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Vascular catheter tips are to be submitted only in cases of line related infections and line in question is being removed.

Ventricular and epidural tips for culture should be ordered under CSFC.

Foley catheter tips are not acceptable for culture.
Method of Analysis: Culture
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be refrigerated if collected in a sterile container.
The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection.
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