Blood Culture

Test Schedule
Lab Lab section Days Turnaround
WADDL - Pullman Bacteriology Mon-Fri 2-7 days
Price: $95.00
For the isolation of aerobic and anaerobic etiologic agents associated with septicemia.
Specimens Required
  • Aseptically collected blood
Sampling Requirements
For additional information on how to collect and submit a sample please visit our Submit a Sample page.
Collection Container
Packing Instructions
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Special Instructions
Blood cultures include a Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic blood culture.

WADDL now has an automated blood culture system, BD BACTEC FX40, that allows for faster cultivation and detection of positive blood cultures. For use of the automated blood culture system, BD BACTEC aerobic and anaerobic culture vials will need to be submitted. 

For fungal culture requests, in addition to the blood culture, will include a mycology culture. If a fungal infection is suspected, it is strongly recommended that the specimen be submitted in an isolator blood culture tube such as a Wampole ISOSTAT system.

It is recommended to include two collections from separate anatomic sites. Collection of multiple samples from separate sites helps differentiate true pathogens, which will be present in more than one blood culture, from skin flora contaminates that may associated with sample collection.

Joint and CSF fluid submitted in blood culture bottles will be charged for a blood culture.

Do not refrigerate blood culture bottles after inoculation.
Ordering Instructions
For online test ordering please visit our Submit a Sample page for additional information. To submit a specimen without submitting through our online portal please see our Forms page for fillable forms and further instruction.
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