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
Transport/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.