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 Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Adult

Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Adult

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
9th August 2021
Processing Instructions

Bottles should be loaded on to the Bactec analyser as soon as possible. If entry is delayed, store bottles at room temperature.

Bottles should be loaded on to the Bactec FX analyser as soon as possible. If entry is delayed, store bottles at room temperature.

9th August 2021
Processing Instructions

Bottles should be loaded on to the Virtuo analyser as soon as possible. If entry is delayed, store bottles at room temperature.

Bottles should be loaded on to the Bactec analyser as soon as possible. If entry is delayed, store bottles at room temperature.

25th May 2021
Volume (Adults)

10 mL

8 mL

Preferred Container Type

Blood Culture

Blood Culture (Adult)

Blood Cultures - Adult

Ordering information:

8-10mL per bottle, collect the Aerobic first, followed by Anaerobic.

Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
BMC
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Blood Culture (Adult)Blood Culture (Adult)
Collection Instructions:

For patients with suspected bacterial endocarditis, 2 to 3 sets taken at different times should be sufficient to establish a diagnosis.

Collect blood cultures 20 minutes apart. If patient is too ill to wait 20 minutes, prior to administering antibiotics, collect the first set from one site and the second from a different site

Please provide clinical details. Extended incubation is required for query endocarditis, brucellosis or fungal infection.

Transport bottles at room temperature.

 

Minimum Adult Volume:
8 mL
Notes:

 Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
5-14 days
Laboratory Use Only

  

 

If EMR is not available, Pathology results are available from Auscare.  If you do not have an Auscare login,please complete attached form. https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20access.pdf

Instruction on how to use Auscare - https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20instructions.pdf

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

CLICK HERE for Minimum Labelling Requirements

CLICK HERE for a printable Pathology request form

CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PREFERRED ORDER OF DRAW