Blood collected in a blood culture bottle. DO NOT submit bone marrow in a blood culture bottle; for instructions on how to submit bone marrow, please refer to the "Sterile Body Fluid Culture" procedure.
1-3 mLs provides best yield of organism (no greater than 5 mLs per bottle)
No minimum but 1-3 mLs provides best yield
Send to the lab within 1 hour at room temperature
Bottles stable up to 2 hours after collection
Bottles should not be refrigerated. Stoppers should not be removed from bottle. All needles should be removed from bottle before sending to the lab.
Preliminary report on Day 1; final as negative in 5 days
Continuous monitoring instrumentation