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  AFB Blood Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as MAI Blood Culture, Blood Culture for AFB, Blood Culture for MAI, Blood Culture for MAC, MAC Blood Culture



Specimen requirements: Bactec Mycolytic Culture Bottle (Red Top Bottle)
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: 5 mL
Absolute minimum amount: 1 mL
Method of collection: Venipuncture
Transportation: Red top (appropriate for AFB or Mycology Culture)
Label instructions: All containers must be labeled with patient name and medical record number.
Request test on form: Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )
Order/entry screen(s): Microbiology/Virology
Stat frequency: N/A
Stat turn around time: N/A
Routine frequency: 1 culture/24 hours.
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 3 days to 6 weeks
For Hillcrest deliver to: Microbiology : Room 2-109
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: N/A
Special Instructions: A Bactec mycolytic bottle is needed for correct processing of blood cultures for the detection of MAI (Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare are) and other Mycobacteria. This third bottle is not routinely available with the blood culture sets, but must be obtained from the Microbiology lab. 1. The top of the bottle must be cleansed with an alcohol swab just prior to injecting patient's blood sample. Do not treat the rubber stopper with compounds containing iodine disinfectants. 2. Add 5mL of blood to the Bactec mycolytic bottle.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFT abbreviation: CXABC
Secondary code: 4615
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A