Catheter Tip Culture
- 87070 - QTY (1)
- Cath Tip Culture
- Catheter Culture
Cleveland Clinic Laboratories
|Volume||Type||Container||Collect Temperature||Transport Temperature||Special Instructions|
|One||Catheter||Clean container||Ambient||Aseptically remove catheter and clip 5cm of distal tip directly into a sterile container.|
Sun - Sat
Culture performed on intravascular catheter tips (eg, central, CVP, Hickman, Broviac, Peripheral, arterial, umbilical, hyperalimentation, Swan-Ganz). Cleanse skin around catheter site with alcohol. Aseptically remove catheter and clip 5 cm of distal tip directly into a sterile container. If culture is positive, identification will be performed on clinically significant organisms at an additional charge. Identification CPT codes that may apply include: 87077, 87106, 87107, 87153. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are performed when indicated, and the following CPT codes may apply: 87181, 87184, 87185, 87186. Foley catheter tips, chest tube tips and abdominal drainage tips are not acceptable for culture.
Blood cultures are the essential test for diagnosing catheter-related bacteremia. The clinical relevance of catheter tip cultures is controversial. A positive culture may indicate contamination during removal.