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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
Tip Culture
CategoryMicrobiology
Code
TIPC
Pre-analytical
Urinary catheter tips will NOT be accepted. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container. 
Compliance with postal and transport regulations is essential (Refer to Pathology 
Policy for the Transport of Specimens (PO-U-GEN-SpecTransport). 
Specimen containers should be sent in sealed plastic bags attached to the request form. 
Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible, if there is a delay, please refrigerate the sample. 
 
Special requirements
Arterial line, Central Line (CVP),Epidural, Femoral, Hickman Line, Subclavian, Vascular catheter, UVC, UAC, Longline tips
Tube type
Sterile 30ml plain universal white topped
Universal container - white top
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
2 - 3 days
TAT GP/Outpatient
NA
Referral lab
Local
Page last updated: 08 September 2021