|Alternate:||Line Blood Culture|
|Includes:||Culture, susceptibility included if warranted|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Negative held for 5 days, positives as identified|
|Volume:||1.0 mL Infants, 1-5 mL Toddlers, 5-8 mL older children|
|Container:||Aerobic Blood Culture Bottle|
|Normal:||No growth after 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.
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