Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Blood culture bottle
Click on "Blood culture"
under the Specimen Collection Procedures
link (below) for Table: Blood Culture Recommended Volume Based on Patient Weight
Automated Detection Instrumentation
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 (>4mL in Pediatric or >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
CPT Code: 87040