Blood Culture


Test Information

Test Name

Blood Culture

Synonyms

Septicaemia; Neisseria meningitidis; Meningococcal sepsis; Endocarditis; SBE (sub-acute bacterial endocarditis); Listeria Blood Culture; Mycobacterium chimaera

Department

Microbiology

Preferred Specimen

Blood Culture bottles (Adult set = 1 x aerobic + 1 x anaerobic)

Testing Location

PLBOP, PLR, PLW, PLT (ALL Positive bottles are sent to PLBOP)


Collection Information

Preparation

  • Adult collection: 2 sets (4 bottles), 7 – 10 mls blood per bottle.
  • Endocarditis: 3 sets (6 bottles), 7 – 10 mls blood per bottle, MUST be separate venepunctures. (Time between sets can be random.)
  • Paediatric collection: Hospital, 1 paediatric bottle with 2 – 4 mls blood. Community, 1 aerobic bottle with 4mls blood.
  • Mycobacterium chimaera: Require specialist approval (Refer to Clinical Microbiologist), routine standard blood cultures x 3 sets required. MycoF Lytic bottle to be collected only when Mycobacterium chimaera investigation approved.

Processing Information

Registration Code

BC

Notes

  • Do not refrigerate

Methodology

Interpretations

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Contact Information

murray.robinson@pathlab.co.nz