Blood Culture
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive

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Ordering Recommendation
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Continuous Monitoring Blood Culture/Identification
Within 6 days
Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected
Final: Negative within 6 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Aseptic draw.  
Whole blood in Bactec aerobic resin bottle and standard anaerobic bottle. For infants, use pediatric bottle.  
Specimen Preparation
Transfer blood to a Bactec aerobic resin bottle and standard anaerobic bottle using aseptic techniques, as defined for blood culture collection. Site of specimen draw is required (e.g. left antecubital, A-line, etc).
Adult minimum:
3 mL blood (aerobic: 8-10 mL recommended, anaerobic: 5-7 mL recommended).
Pediatric minimum:
1 mL blood (1-3 mL recommended).  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
More than four blood culture sets per 24 hours.  
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on positive cultures.
Interpretive Data
Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Testing is limited to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center only.

Low volume will result in decreased recovery of pathogens.

Note in the order if the patient is suspected of having Bartonella, Brucella, or any other unusual organism. Refer to Brucella Culture (ARUP test code 0060159) or Legionella Species Culture (ARUP test code 0060113) for additional information.
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060102Culture, Blood
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Cross References
  • Bacterial Culture, Blood
  • Blood Culture Bacteria
  • Culture, Blood