Jun 28, 2017




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Culture, Blood, Quantitative

Culture, Blood, Quantitative (HCBLOQ) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: Culture, Blood, Quantitative

Test Name: Culture, Blood, Quantitative

Health Link Test Code: HCBLOQ

LIS Test Code: BLOQ

CPT Code(s): 87040; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Isolator®/Lysis Centrifugation

Clinical Information:

Aids in the detection of catheter related sepsis.

Days Performed: Daily.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: 1 - 8 days.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.

Specimen: Blood

Collection Container: Isolator® tube

Collection Instructions:

Available to Infectious Diseases physicians only. All other requests require UWHC Director of Microbiology approval. Call 608 265-5822.


Blood must be aseptically collected. ChloraPrep Frepp the site. Preclean port of central line. Draw one - 10 mL Isolator® tube (1.5 mL Isolator® tube for pediatric patients) from each port and by venipuncture. Peripheral and line drawn specimens must be collected at the same time. Invert tube 4-5 times to mix.

Collection Volume: 9 mL

Pediatric Collection Volume: 1.5 mL

Stability Ambient:

4 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

Not acceptable

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Whole Blood

Testing Volume: 7.5 mL

Pediatric Testing Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.


No growth

Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Critical Calls: yes