Wipe bottle septum with alcohol before inserting blood. Indicate the draw site (e.g. A line, left antecubital, etc.) on the bottles, order, or requisition.
Please call Microbiology at (503) 413-4084 for any nonroutine requests or if any potential bioterrorism agents are suspected (examples: Francisella, Brucella)
Cultures for HACEK organisms do not need to be held longer than the standard 5 days.