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BLOOD CULTURE

Test Name  BLOOD CULTURE 
Mnemonic  BC 
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CPT   87040 
Department  Microbiology 
Container  BACTEC BLOOD CULTURE BOTTLES 
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Handling  Specimen: Blood collected in a Bactec aerobic resin bottle and lytic anaerobic bottle for adult; Bactec Peds resin bottle for pediatric. Use aseptic technique defined for blood culture collection. Minimum pediatric: 1 ml blood (1-3 ml recommended) Minimum adult: 3 ml blood* (8-10 recommended) * Low volume will result in decreased recovery of pathogens. Stability: Ambient: 24 hours Refrigerated: Unacceptable Set up daily. TAT: Routine 5 days  
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Methodology  Bactec 9240; standard culture procedures 
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Reported   Preliminary daily; final negative at 5 days; sensitivity 2-3 days if indicated 
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