CULTURE, VASCULAR LIN TIP

Test Code
CVL

CPT Codes
87070

Preferred Specimen
SPECIMEN

Transport Container
STERILE CUP


Transport Temperature
REF - 24 HRS


Setup Schedule
Set Up:
Report Available:

Reference Range
CULTURE, VASCULAR LIN TIP


Clinical Significance
Intravascular catheter-related infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, aerobic gram-negative bacilli, and Candida albicans most commonly cause catheter-related bloodstream infection. Management of catheter-related infection varies according to the type of catheter involved. After appropriate cultures of blood and catheter samples are done, empirical iv antimicrobial therapy should be initiated on the basis of clinical clues, the severity of the patient's acute illness, underlying disease, and the potential pathogen(s) involved.
Tips from various vascular lines (CVP, PICC, Umbilical, Swan-Ganz, Hickman, etc) are submitted in a sterile cup. No gram stain will be performed on these specimens.

Performing Laboratory
LMH -  Microbiology x3758 or 3759



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