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CULTURE PEDIATRIC BLOOD BACTERIAL (BPB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): BPB, Blood culture
Test Components: Bacterial culture
CPT Codes: 87040
Methodology: BACTEC 9240, continuous monitoring system
Reference Range: No growth
Tube Type: BACTEC Peds Plus Bottle
Specimen: Blood
Alternate Specimen: None
Volume: 3 mL
Minimum Volume: 1 mL
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately.
Reasons for Rejection: Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: 6 days for negative cultures. Time varies for positive cultures.
Significance: Positive cultures will be called. Isolates are saved for 6 months in case further workup is needed.
Special Instructions: Collect per MD orders. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate. Click here for detailed collection instructions.

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