BLOOD CULTURE

Code
000.0200
Name
BLOOD CULTURE
Category
None
Department
Microbiology
Start Date
Expiration Date
Synonyms
CPT Codes
87040
Site
Main Lab
Reference Test
ATLAS Test Code

C BLOOD

Specimen Information

Type

Blood Culture Bottles (both aerobic and anaerobic bottles)

Volume

10 ml per bottle preferred

Transport Info

Room Temperature

Fasting Required?
False
Patient Instructions

Use betadine prep. Keep at 37 degrees or at room temp.

Reference Range

Negative / No Growth

Methodology

Bactec Continuous Monitoring System

Clinical Significance

In many situations, blood cultures are the only immediate source of the etiological agent of serious infection, and the diagnosis depends on its isolation. Blood cultures are among the most important specimens handled in the microbiology laboratory. In many situations, blood cultures are the only immediate source of the etiological agent in severe or life-threatening infections and the diagnosis depends on its isolation. In other cases, blood cultures indicate the severity and extent of the dissemination of an infection. Therefore, in the collection and handling of these specimens, good technique, well-selected procedures, and avoidance of contamination are especially important for adequate patient care. Once blood cultures are received by the microbiology laboratory, they will be observed carefully and processed promptly to obtain valid culture results.

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