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Blood culture/sensitivity
Lab code: BC
 
Test Synonyms:
Blood culture/sensitivity
 
Lab:
Microbiology
Inpatient Req:
Microbiology (#11854)  
Outpatient Req:
Clinical Labs (#83608)  
Specimen:
Adult: Inoculate 8-10 ml of blood into each bottle. Inoculate aerobic bottle first. Pediatric: Inoculate 1-3 ml of blood into a PEDS+ bottle. If anaerobic bacteremia is suspected in a pediatric patient, innoculate a Lytic/10 Anaerobic/F bottle in addition to the PEDS+ bottle. Transport to lab ASAP.
Result Time:
Prelim: 24 hours   Cost: $$
Reference Interval:

Critical value defined. See MGH Critical Values for details.