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PLEASE NOTE: Recent changes have been made to this Test


 Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Adult

Recent changes for Blood Cultures - Adult

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
7th October 2019
Notes

Refer to Objectify Poliy # 2086. Collection of Blood Cultures

 

 Refer to Objectify Poliy # 2086. Collection of Blood Cultures

 

7th October 2019
Notes

Blood Culture Collection Instructions

Blood Culture Clinical Information

Refer to Objectify Poliy # 2086. Collection of Blood Cultures

 

Blood Cultures - Adult

Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
BMC
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Blood CultureBlood Culture
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:
10 mL
Notes:

 Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
5-21 days
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

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