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culture, bacterial, catheter tip
Synonyms: Catheter Tip Culture 
Computer Code: CTC
Specimen Collection: 5 cm section of tip placed in sterile container. If port appears infected, open port. Swab inside of port with culturette swab and submit swab along with section of catheter tip. FOLEY TIPS ARE UNACCEPTABLE FOR CULTURE. 
Minimum Volume: 5 cm section of catheter tip. 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at 2-8ÂșC within 2 hours. Concurrent peripheral blood culture is necessary. 
Reference Values: No growth. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated. To rule out catheter related infection catheter tip should be accompanied by blood cultures to provide more accurate interpretation of results. GRAM STAIN IS NOT AVAILABLE.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 2 days Pos: 2-3 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87070 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 10/25/2014
Time: 00:19:22 (24hr)