Blood Culture, Anaerobic

Sunquest Code:BC  
Epic Code:LAB462Epic Name:Blood Culture
Synonyms:BCX; Blood CX; B CX
Methodology:Bac T Alert culture method (fluorescence)-FRMC. BACTEC culture method (fluoresence)-UMMC, FSH, FRH, FLH, FNH
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Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary reports are issued at 24 hours. Care provider is contacted when culture is positive; negative results are reported within 6 days.
Special Instructions:
Previous antimicrobial therapy may delay the growth of organisms but does not warrant additional cultures. Note if blood specimen is collected through a vascular access device to aid in interpretation of positive results. Although it is relatively uncommon for patients to have an anaerobic bacteremia, an accompanying anaerobic/lytic culture bottle might be collected in the following situations:
  • Neutropenia with abdominal findings or mucositis
  • Abdominal surgery with suspected sepsis
  • Intestinal leaks or perforations
  • Abdominal trauma with suspected sepsis
  • Gas gangrene
  • Biliary tract disease
  • Gynecologic-oncologic patients with suspected sepsis
  • Post-partum fever with suspected sepsis
Aerobic and anaerobic culture bottles are always drawn together at UMMC-West Bank (adults only), FSH, FRH and FRMC. These sites do not need to request an anaerobic collection.  
Associated Links:

Blood Collection for Cultures, Bacterial, Fungal, Viral

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:Adult:  BACTEC Lytic/10 Anaerobic/F   8-10 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:3 mL
Container:BACTEC Lytic/10 Anaerobic/F (Bac T Alert Anaerobic)
Collection Instructions:
See Blood Collection for Cultures (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral) under Laboratory Procedures.    
Patient Preparation:
See Blood Collection for Cultures (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral) under Laboratory Procedures.    

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Grand Itasca GICH)


Critical Range:Any bacterial isolate should be considered significant and evaluated in relation to patient's clinical state.
Reference Range:No growth.

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