Laboratory Test Detail

Last Updated: November 16, 2019 @ 10:13 am

4040

Culture, Blood

Specimen:Collect:
  • One Blood Culture Bottle-Aerobic
  • One Blood Culture Bottle-Anaerobic

Also Acceptable:
  • One Blood Culture Bottle-Fan Aerobic
  • One Blood Culture Bottle-Pediatric Fan Aerobic
Submit:
  • Two Blood Culture Bottle. Submit Ambient.
Special Handling:
  • Time Sensitive
  • OBSERVE STRICT COLLECTION PROCEDURE!
    Special blood culture bottles are required. Saturate the tip with ChloraPrep by gently pressing it against the treatment area.
    Using a back and forth friction scrubbing motion, completely wet the treatment area for 30 seconds. Allow the prepped area to dry completely, approximately 30 seconds. After puncture site is disinfected, do not touch site. Collect 5-10 mL (0.5 - 4 mL for pediatrics) blood for each bottle required using a syringe. Decontaminate top of culture bottle and transfer blood into it. Indicate collection site.
Rejection Criteria:
  • Specimen not submitted at room temperature
Stability:Ambient: 24 Hour(s); Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable; Incubated: Unacceptable
Methodology:
  • Culture
Performed:Sun-Sat
Reported:5-6 Day(s)
Blood cultures are held for 5 days before issuing a negative report. All positive cultures are reported as STAT telephone reports.
CPT Codes:
  • 87040
Interpretive Data:Please see report for interpretive data.

Blood Cultures are routinely incubated in a continuous monitoring automated instrument. Positive results will be reported and called as soon as they become available. Negative results are reported after 5 days of incubation.
Components:
  • 4040 - BLOOD CULTURE
  • 4913 - REVIEW INDICATED
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