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Blood Culture (Adult)

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Blood Culture (Adult)
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Reference Range:

Growth detected
No growth detected

Turnaround Time:

5 working days

Comments:

Bottles available on request from Pathology laboratory.

Description:

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.

Preparation:

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:

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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.
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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.
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