Intravascular line tips and pacing wires

Isolation, identification and susceptibility of any organism likely to be pathogenic
Clinical details: 
Investigation of suspected infection in patients with intravascular lines or pacing wires
Sample type and Volume required: 
Cut of tip of VAD/pacing wire with sterile scissors and place in sterile universal container

Turnaround time: 
2 - 3 days (up to 7 days for pacing wire tips where endocarditis suspected)
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR).
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 27/11/2017