Lab Test : Blood Culture Routine

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Alternate:Blood Culture Aerobic; Blood Culture with ARD
Includes:Culture, susceptibility included if warranted.
Department:Microbiology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:BLDC
Available:Daily, 24 hours
Turnaround:Preliminary report at 1 day. Negative cultures are finalized at 5 days, positives as identified.
Specimen:Blood
Volume:1.0 mL Infants
1-5 mL Toddlers
5-8 mL Older Children
Container:Aerobic Blood Culture Bottle
Temperature:Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Rejection:Not received at proper temperature
Not received within specified time frame
Normal:No growth at 5 days.
Uses:Identify microorganisms that may cause infection.
Limitations:Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth A negative culture does not necessarily rule out infection. Recommend no more than two (or two sets) of blood cultures in a 24 hour period for possible acute infections.
Method:Culture
 

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