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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




When performed

24 hours / 7 days (daily)



When reported

24 hours / 7 days






Sunquest code:


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 a separate 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

Specimen preparation:

All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize bacterial recovery.




MCL Web resources

Specimen packaging pages

Reference lab 

ILH Web Resources
Last revised 09/11/2013