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Blood culture

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

Do not cover blood culture bottle bar code.  

Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or store overnight at room temperature. Do NOT refrigerate.

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


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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