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Test ID: BBLD    
Bacterial Culture, Blood

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Whole Blood Culture

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

This test is available by special request only-preapproval by testing lab is required.

 

Collection Instructions: Incubate blood bottles at 35 degrees C for 24 hours before sending.

Additional Information: Include a completed microbiology request form.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Neurology Test Request Form (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/media/customer-service/forms/neurology-request-form.pdf).

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

10-20 mL for adults; 1-3 mL for pediatric patients

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Whole Blood CultureAmbient