|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:||
Used to isolate and identify potentially pathogenic aerobic and/or anaerobic microorganisms causing bacteremia and perform susceptibility testing, when appropriate; establish the diagnosis of endocarditis. Other isolated organisms (i.e. fungi and mycobacteria) may be referred for identification and/or susceptibility testing if medically indicated AND a separate culture procedure has NOT yielded the same organism(s).
Daily, 24 hours
Blood cultures should be obtained prior to the initiation of antimicrobial therapy. COLLECTION OF TWO BLOOD CULTURE SETS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Specimen to be collected via catheter.
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Improperly labeled bottles, expired bottles, refrigerated specimen, insufficient specimen volume, clotted specimen
0.1 mL blood per bottle (optimal volume for blood is 10 mL per bottle)
Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature. Do NOT refrigerate.
|LIMITATIONS OF TEST:||
It is NOT recommended to culture blood while antimicrobials are present unless verification of an agent''s efficacy is needed. To diagnose endocarditis, 3 sets of cultures may be required. Single blood culture sets are usually inappropriate and are contraindicated except for pediatric patients.
|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Blood Culture - Drawn from line|