Exit Site Culture

  1. Using a Culture Swab, obtain a specimen from the affected area.
  2. If submitting catheter tips, must be distal 1.5 to 2 inches of long-term (broviac, hickman) or short-term (PIC) catheters in a sterile container.
  3. Use the bar code label with patient’s name and ID to identify the specimen. Specify the source/site.
  4. Hold at room temperature.
  5. Due to short stability, specimen must be collected and shipped to the laboratory Monday through Friday only.