BLOOD CULTURE (60 LBS OR LESS) - (B)
Test Code: BLD1, BLD2, BLD3
Ensure proper venipuncture site preparation.
Weight Ideal Total # of Bottles
< 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.