Imperial Collage Healthcare

Blood culture


Lab Code : BLDCUL


Sample Required
Aseptically-collected venous blood samples


Sample Container
• Adult set: 5-10 mL/bottle BACTEC® FX (aerobic and anaerobic bottles) • Paediatric set: 2-5 mL in single BACTEC FX paediatric bottle


ransport/Storage
Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or store overnight at room temperature


Turnaround Time
• 6 days for routine cultures• 14 days for extended cultures if clinically indicated (eg. endocarditis)


Notes
Samples may be referred to external reference centres for further investigation. Refer to guidance in blood culture packs and see blood culture training and guidance.


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