CULTURE, BLOOD PEDIATRIC

Test Code
PEDICB

CPT Codes
87040

Preferred Specimen
WHOLE BLOOD

Instructions
The blood volume cultured is crucial for detection of organisms. Collect the optimum volume listed if possible. Culturing lower volumes may result in false negative results.

Transport Container
BCBOT


Transport Temperature
RT- 8 HRS


Setup Schedule
Set Up:
Report Available:

Reference Range
CULTURE, BLOOD-PEDIATRIC


Clinical Significance
Under normal conditions, blood is sterile. Blood is cultured to isolate the causative agents of septicemia, bacterial endocarditis, and other conditions associated with bloodstream invasion by microorganisms. Blood should be drawn using aseptic technique to reduce the possibility of contaminating the blood culture with skin organisms. The Peds Plus/F and Plus Aerobic/F Bactec media contain resins to neutralize antimicrobial activity. Note: Use Peds Plus/F only in cases where it is extremely difficult to obtain a larger volume of blood, as the more blood drawn, the greater the recovery of organisms.
Do NOT overfill bottle (maximum 4.0 mL/Peds bottle).

Performing Laboratory
LMH - Microbiology x3758 or 3759
 



The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.