Lab Test : Blood Culture from Line

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Alternate:Line Blood Culture
Includes:Culture, susceptibility included if warranted
Department:Microbiology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:BCL
Available:Daily, 24 hours
Turnaround:Negative held for 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
Rejection:Bottle refrigerated.
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.
Method:Culture
 

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