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Culture, Blood

Mnemonic

C BL

Synonym

Blood Culture

Guidelines

Two to three draws per initial 24 hour episode are recommended. For routine aerobic/anaerobic organisms, NOT for AFB, Fungus or special organisms, e.g. Bartonella, Legionella. This order can also be used for Bone Marrow.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

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

Collect

Blood, one blue cap aerobic and one purple cap anaerobic BTA bottle per adult blood draw, one yellow cap BTA pediatric bottle per pediatric draw. Bone Marrow preferred, one green cap BTA bottle.

Supply Item Number - 100743 AND 100744

Handling

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.

Preferred Volume

10.0 mL per bottle adults, 1.0-5.0 mL per pediatric bottle

Minimum Volume

1.0 mL

Transport

Room temperature, deliver ASAP

Rejection Criteria

Broken, leaking bottles

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

Preliminary Negative: 1 day; Final Negative: 5 days

Method

Continuous Monitoring Instrumentation

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

Critical Values

Positive stain or culture

Comments

Additional charges for identification of organisms (CPT 87077) and PCR (CPT 87641 or 87150) if applicable. Susceptibility tests are performed as appropriate (possible CPT 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147).

CPT Codes

87040 (87077, 87641, 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147, 87150) as needed)

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 01:39:34 AM


Client Services: 503-413-1234