FUNGUS CULTURE, blood (088-0013)
Synonyms: Fungus blood culture, Blood, Fungus culture
CPT 4 Code: 87103
Test Order Mnemonic: C MAF (AFB & fungi), F MBLD (Fungus only)
Test Includes: Isolation and identification of fungus
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Cleanse skin site thoroughly. Use a syringe or butterfly to collect 5 ml of blood. Pediatric patients, collect 1-3mL of blood. Inject blood into the alcohol-cleaned Myco-F lytic (red label) bottle.
Storage Instructions: Room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Causes for Rejection: Improper collection, more than 2 cultures in 5 days.
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Cultures are held 6 weeks.
Special Instructions: Collect specimens using aseptic technique since contamination may lead to false positive results. Collect two sets of cultures per febrile episode. Positive culture results are considered a critical value and notification will be performed upon recognition of the positive result. DO NOT COVER THE BAR CODE LABEL.
Volume: 5 ml
Container: Bactec Myco-F bottle, available from Materials Management
Critical Values: Positive culture
Test Method: Bactec 9240
Revised/reviewed 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux