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Lines and Tips



Tips (of intravascular devices)

Specimen container

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To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Medical Device MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB240


  • The skin in the region of the intravascular catheter should be cleaned with alcohol and the catheter withdrawn with sterile forceps.
  • The terminal 5 cm of the catheter tip should be cut off with sterile scissors and placed in a labelled dry sterile container.

If the line has been used in total parenteral nutrition please indicate on request form.

Special Instructions

Please list antibiotic therapy.

Tips should only be sent to microbiology once Blood Cultures have been performed

Test Usage

Determination of infection


Local test

Processing Time

48-72 hours

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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