BBLD - Specimen: Bacterial Culture, Blood

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Test ID: BBLD    
Bacterial Culture, Blood

Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

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:

1. It is strongly recommend that blood bottles are incubated at client location on an automated instrument until they flag positive and Gram stain confirms growth is present. The bottles can then be submitted under test IDENT / Organism Referred for Identification, Aerobic Bacteria.

2. Include a completed microbiology request form.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Neurology Test Request Form-General (T732) with the specimen (

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









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