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Culture & Sensitivity (C&S), Blood Culture (Adult)

Clinical Microbiology

​Ordering Recommendations

Specimen Requirements​ ​

  • Blood Culture (Adult) request

    • Routine

    • Antibiotic Therapy

    • Fungi/Yeast Culture (Candida/Cryptococcus only)


​Collection Procedure
​Required Volume

  • Optimal Volume: Grey aerobic resin (BACTEC Plus): 8-10 mL 

                              : Purple anaerobic (BACTEC): 5-7 mL

  • Minimum Volume: Grey aerobic resin (BACTEC Plus): 3-7 mL

: Purple anaerobic (BACTEC): 3-4 mL                       

(Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection.)

  • Transport to laboratory without delay at room temperature
    • Store < 48 hours at room temperature if transport is delayed
    • Specimens must be received in the laboratory with 48 hours of collection
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

Testing Site​
  • ​Bacteriology Laboratory, RUH
Results Reporting​
Clinical Interpretation

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

​Forms Required


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-974 v1

Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2019 |
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