Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
BLOOD CULTURE (60 LBS OR LESS) - (B)
Test Code: BLD1, BLD2, BLD3
Clinical Information:
Collection Devices:
Preferred Device:
1 - Blood Culture Bottle(s) - Pediatric  - Visually inspect blood culture bottle for contamination and check expiry date prior to using. Discard any bottle showing turbidity.
Alternate Device:
3 - Blood Culture Bottle(s) - Pediatric  - Visually inspect blood culture bottle for contamination and check expiry date prior to using. Discard any bottle showing turbidity.
Specimen Required: Ensure proper venipuncture site preparation.
Weight                    Ideal Total             # of Bottles
                               Blood Volume*
< 4 kg (< 9 lbs)        0.5 - 1 mL**        1 pediatric
4-9 kg (9-20 lbs)      2 - 4 mL              1 pediatric
9-27 kg (20-60 lbs)  10 mL                 3 pediatric
                                                           or 1 adult aerobic
*total volume collected from all sites
**This volume is acceptable only for the neonate due to the weight of the child and in a small volume (ped) culture media
Sample Collection Manual Link
Pediatric collections:  collect immediately, rarely necessary to document continuous bacteremia with hours between cultures.
Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:
Availability:
Daily
See Also:
More Information:
Blood Culture Bottle(s) - Pediatric
Manufacturer: Biomerieux, Inc.

Catalogue #: 40-10081