CULTURE, BLOOD FOR ACID FAST BACILLI

Mnemonic

CAFBBLD

Synonym

Culture Blood for AFB - Blood Culture for AFB - Blood Culture for MAI

Guidelines

This order may also be used for bone marrow.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Decontaminate draw site with scrub/prep. Use aseptic techniques per defined procedure.

Collect

Blood or Bone Marrow in yellow SPS collection tube (black capped BTA MB bottles currently unavailable)

Handling

Wipe septum of SPS collection tube with alcohol before inserting blood (black capped BTA MB bottles currently unavailable)

Preferred Volume

5.0 mL of blood or bone marrow

Minimum Volume

1.0 mL blood and any quantity bone marrow

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Blood with EDTA anti-coagulant

Stability

Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected. Negative Preliminary: 1 week; Negative Final: 42 days

Method

Culture

Referral Lab

ARUP (0060060)

SPS tubes will be sent to ARUP (black capped BTA MB bottles currently unavailable)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative for acid-fast bacilli (AFB)

Critical Values

Positive smear for AFB from blood culture.

CPT Codes

87116; CPT codes vary based on method.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:08 AM