Blood Culture, Anaerobic

Sunquest Code:BC  
Epic Code:LAB462Epic Name:Blood Culture
Synonyms:BCX; Blood CX; B CX
Methodology:BACTEC culture method (fluoresence)
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. Anaerobic bacteremia is relatively uncommon, but may be suspected 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 for adult patients. Pediatric requests for anaerobic bottle collection should be notated by putting an additional comment in EPIC.
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
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 Laboratory  (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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