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Blood Cultures - Children and Neonates

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Collect 1-3mL

Test Code:
Specimen types:
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

 Refer to Objectify Policy # 2086 Collection of Blood Cultures

Result Turnaround Time:
5-14 days
Laboratory Use Only
Transport Instructions:

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

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