|Alternate:||Bone Marrow Culture Aerobic|
|Includes:||Culture susceptibility included if warranted|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Negative cultures are finalized at 5 days, positives as identified|
|Specimen:||Bone marrow aspirate|
|Container:||Heparinized syringe or blood culture bottle|
|Temperature:||Room temperature transport to lab within 30 minutes.|
|Rejection:||Improper specimen device.
Left at room temperature more than 12 hours.
Refrigerated or frozen specimens.
|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|
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