Blood in blood culture bottle - DO NOT submit bone marrow in a blood culture bottle (see Body Fluid Culture for bone marrow)
No greater than 4mLs of blood
No minimum but 4mLs preferred (See Remarks)
Within one (1) hour at room temperature
Up to 2 hours after collection
Refrigeration; removing stopper of bottle
Preliminary report at 1 day; final as negative at 5 days
Continuous Monitoring Instrumentation
Larger blood volumes promotes faster positivity;
Routine Blood Culture is appropriate for bacteria AND yeast; blood for Mycobacterial culture should be collected (max 1.5mLs) in the Isolator Tube available thru the Microbiology Laboratory.
Blood Cultures for both bacteria and fungus: only one bottle needs to be submitted and should be ordered as
Fungal Blood Culture. Blood cultures for fungus only, should be submitted in a blood culture bottle and ordered as Fungal Blood Culture
If Mold,Dimorphic Fungus or Malessesia furfur are suspected, refer to Fungus Culture listing.
Blood Cultures for SBE are submitted in the routine blood culture bottle but ordered for SBE (see SBE listing for details).