Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Blood Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CB

    Collect

    Blood collected in a blood culture bottle.

    Bone marrow should not be submitted in a blood culture bottle; for instructions on how to submit bone marrow, please refer to the "Sterile Body Fluid Culture" procedure.

    Volume Required

    1-3 mLs provides best yield of organism (no greater than 5 mLs per bottle)

    Minimum Required

    No minimum but 1-3 mLs provides best yield

    Transport

    Send to the lab within 1 hour at room temperature. Limit to one bottle per pneumatic tube system carrier (one bottle per bag) to avoid breakage.

    Stability

    Bottles stable up to 2 hours after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Bottles should not be refrigerated. Stoppers should not be removed from bottle. All needles should be removed from bottle before sending to the lab.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Preliminary report on Day 1; final as negative in 5 days

CPT

87040

Methodology

Continuous monitoring instrumentation