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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
Blood Culture Bottle
Blood Culture
10 mL in each
Alternative name(s)

Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 hours / 7 days (daily)    
When reported
24 hours / 7 days    
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EPIC Code:
Important notes: Blood for routine culture must be submitted in culture bottles, one culture is one set of 2 bottles, blue and purple. For two sets, you MUST place two orders. Each set must have an order in EPIC. DO NOT cover the bar code on the bottle, or remove the removable bar code strip. These are required by the lab to positively link the specimen to the patient. Write date, time initials and site of draw on bottle labels.

Rejection criteria: Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen
Transportation notes: within 2 hr, RT
Transportation devices:
Specimen preparation: All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize bacterial recovery.

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Last revised 10/20/2014