CPT Code: 87040|
Specimen Type: Blood
Tube Type/Collection Container: Blood Culture Bottle
Collection Volume: Click on "Blood culture" under the Specimen Collection Procedures (below) for Table: Blood Culture Recommended Volume Based on Patient Weight
Methodology: Automated Detection Instrumentation
Special Instructions: Blood cultures should be drawn prior to initiation of antimicrobial therapy. If more than one culture is drawn, the specimens should be drawn from different sites. The minimum amount of blood is only to be used in cases where there is a difficult draw. Do not overfill the bottles (>10mL in adult aerobic and anaerobic bottles), as this can lead to false positives. NOTE: Be sure to cleanse top of blood culture bottle with chlorhexidine before inoculating with patient specimen.
TAT: 5 days
Additional Info: Preliminary report available after 24 hours
Transport specimens to processing area of the laboratory in an appropriate container. Additional information is available from Ingrid Hershey, Laboratory Administrative Director, at 330-543-8721.
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308