|Includes:||Culture, susceptibility included if warranted.Culture of IV catheter tip ONLY. Culture performed as semi-quantitative roll technique as published by Maki (NEJM, 1977).|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth cultures are finalized at 3 days, positives as identified.|
|Volume:||1 catheter tip|
|Temperature:||Room temperature. Transport to the lab within 30 minutes|
|Rejection:||Urinary catheter tips are not cultured.
Room temperature more than 12 hours old
Refrigerated more than 12 hours old
|Normal:||No growth or normal skin flora|
|Uses:||Identification of microorganism that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Contamination with adjacent areas should be avoided.|
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