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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code BLC
Performed by? Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability 7 days
Container type blood culture bottle
Amount to Collect 5 - 10 mL
Collection Instructions Send one requisition for each two bottle set. Indicate on requisition suspected diagnosis and how long bottles should be held.
Sample type Blood
Preferred volume 10 mL
Special instructions Use the routine bottles available from Lab Support Service (206-8199).

The laboratory must be notified if the culture needs to be held longer than 5 days for any reason; for example, suspected brucellosis, fungus infection or culture negative endocarditis. Mycobacterium avium and M. tuberculosis are slow growing and require special collection and special processing. See Mycobacteria Culture, Blood.
Synonyms Blood Culture;
Stability Leave blood culture bottles at room temperature until delivery to Lab.
References 1. Forbes, BA. et al. Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 11th Ed. Mosby, St. Louis MO, 2002.

2. Murray, PR. et al. Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 9th Ed., ASM Press, Washington DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87040
Last Updated 12/29/2008 2:53:51 PM
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