Test Overview

Test Methodology

BacT/Alert Blood Culture System

Test Usage

Isolate and identify bacteria or yeast causing bacteremia or fungemia.

Reference Range*

No growth

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Details

Days Test Performed

Daily, 24 hrs

Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 24 hours. Negative cultures are reported in 5 days. The health care provider will be notified of initial positive smears and cultures.

Soft Order Code


MiChart Code

Blood Culture, Aerobic Only



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Specimen Requirements


Aerobic Culture bottle

Normal Volume

10 mL into each bottle. DO NOT OVERFILL.

Minimum Volume

1 mL per year of age (pediatric patients)

Additional Information

Routine blood culture is used to detect aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and yeast. The BacT/Alert Blood Culture System monitors blood cultures continuously for carbon dioxide production by microorganisms. Positive signaling bottles are gram stained to verify positive status. Test includes susceptibility testing of potentially pathogenic organism(s) at an additional charge unless specifically declined.

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