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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
7th October 2019
Notes

Blood Culture Collection Instructions

Blood Culture Clinical Information

 Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures

Blood Cultures - Children and Neonates

Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
BMC
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Blood Culture PaediatricBlood Culture Paediatric
Collection 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

 

Minimum Adult Volume:
4 mL
Notes:

 Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures

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

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