Culture, Catheter Tip

Specimen Container
EPIC Order   Catheter Tip Culture
CPT Code
Laboratory   Clinical Microbiology
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine: 2 - 3 inches of tip in Sterile Container;  See Comments
Gram stain   NO
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
Turnaround Time   4 days if culture is negative
Reference Range   < 15 colonies/plate = Negative
> 15 colonies/plate = Positive
Recovery of multiple isolates (3 or more) indicative of specimen contamination

Deliver within 2 hrs of collection
DO NOT add saline/water to container

Reviewed by jcayless on December 02, 2019

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514