Bone Marrow Culture

Sunquest Code:BMC  
Epic Code:LAB3329Epic Name:Bone Marrow Culture
Synonyms:Culture, Bone Marrow
Test Includes:Culture for aerobes and less fastidious anaerobes.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results are reported within 24 hours; physician is contacted when culture is positive; negative results are reported within 6 days.
Special Instructions:One specimen may be submitted for both bacterial and fungal cultures as long as there is adequate volume.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Bone marrow
Optimal Volume:4-8 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.5 mL
Container:Yellow (SPS) Liquoid (Blood Culture Bottle Peds)
Collection Instructions:Cultures should be taken after specimens for cell morphology studies, genetic studies, cell marker studies and other cell studies. Use a new syringe for each. Clean top of anticoagulant tube with alcohol wipe before injecting.
Patient Preparation:Use sterile bone marrow aspiration preparation technique.
After Care:Use bone marrow aspiration aftercare technique.
Causes for Rejection:Clotted specimen.

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)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify etiologic organism.

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