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Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Adult
Blood Cultures - Adult
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:
Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures
Result Turnaround Time:
Laboratory Use Only