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 Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Children and Neonates

Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Children and Neonates

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
9th August 2021
External Transport Instructions

Load as soon as possible onto the Virtuo Analyzer. Store at room temperature until loaded

Load as soon as possible onto the Bactec FX Analyzer. Store at room temperature until loaded

25th May 2021
Volume (Adults)

4 mL

Minimum/Paediatric Volume

1 mL

Preferred Container Type

Blood Culture Paediatric

Blood Culture (Paediatric)

Collection & Request Instructions

Add 0.5 - 4mL of blood to a single aerobic paediatric bottle.

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 at room temperature

 

Add 1 - 3mL of blood to a single aerobic paediatric bottle.

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

If multiple sets required, 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 at room temperature

 

Blood Cultures - Children and Neonates

Ordering information:

Collect 1-3mL

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

Add 1 - 3mL of blood to a single aerobic paediatric bottle.

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

If multiple sets required, 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 at room temperature

 

Paediatric Minimum Volume:
1 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

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