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CULTURE ADULT BLOOD BACTERIAL (BAB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): BAB, Blood culture
Test Components: Bacterial culture
CPT Codes: 87040
Methodology: BACTEC FX, continuous monitoring system
Reference Range: No growth
Tube Type: Optimal Bactec aerobic bottle: 8 - 10 mL per bottle and anaerobic bottle: 5 - 7 mL per bottle
Specimen: Blood
Alternate Specimen: None
Pediatric Requirements: See: Culture Pediatric Blood Bacterial (BPB)
Volume: 10 mL (aerobic bottle); 7 mL (anaerobic bottle)
Minimum Volume: 8 mL (aerobic bottle); 5 mL (anerobic bottle)
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 are called. Isolates are saved for 6 months in case further workup is needed.
Special Instructions: Click here for detailed collection instructions. Collect per MD orders. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate.

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