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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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunquest code:

BLC

EPIC Code:

BLOOD CULTURE, AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC

 

 

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