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Blood Culture (Adult)


Blood Culture (Adult)
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Reference Range:

Growth detected
No growth detected

Turnaround Time:

5 working days


Bottles available on request from Pathology laboratory.


Blood Culture (Adult set)
Blood culture bottles are incubated and continuously monitored in the lab for 5 days. A Gram stain and plate culture will be put up on all positive blood cultures. Bacterial isolates will be identified and antibacterial sensitivities reported.


Blood culture bottles should be stored at room temperature.
Please follow local trust guidelines for aseptically taking blood cultures.

Sample Requirements:

8-10ml blood in Aerobic Blue top BC bottle
8-10ml blood in Anaerobic Purple top BC bottle
Please do NOT remove barcodes from bottles

Please follow instructions for aseptic sampling.

How result is reported:

Significant positive BC will be phoned to clinical team
Negative BC available on screen after 48hrs and final negative report at 5 days.

Important Information:

Please clearly state relevant clinical details pertaining to the reasons behind taking the sample i.e. hot/pain/red. Samples without relevant clinical details may be rejected.
Please state on form if the patient has had recent foreign travel or if there is a strong suspicion of high risk pathogens as these pose a risk to laboratory staff.