CATHETER TIP CULTURE

Synonyms:

SOURCE: Catheter Tip

LIS Mnemonic: MISCUL
Department: MICROBIOLOGY
Container: Sterile Container
Transport: Immediately at room temperature
CPT-4: 87070
Comments: Order:MISC. AEROBIC CULTURE, Source: CATH TIP Methodology: Culture with reflex to identification & susceptibility testing. Two (2) blood cultures, 1 through the catheter and 1 peripheral, should be ordered and collected before the catheter is removed. If source is Intra-arterial or Intravenous, cut approx 2 to 3 inches from distal end of the catheter and place in sterile container.

CPT Codes: The CPT codes included in this publication are in accordance with Current Procedural Terminology, a publication of the American Medical Association. CPT codes are provided here for the convenience of our clients; however, correct coding often varies from one carrier to another, and Saratoga Hospital may bill specific carriers using codes other than those shown. Clients who bill for services should verify the code(s) with the applicable payor to confirm that their use is appropriate in each case.