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Culture- Blood/Bone Marrow, Isolator Tube


Name Method Department Units
Isolator Culture, Blood Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood, Bone marrow

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Isolator tube

N/A 1.5 mL

Room temperature - 8 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Collect using standard sterile technique
  • Protect from cold.
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Specimen not in isolator tube


Specimen processed to recover bacterial as well as fungal pathogens, including Malassezia, Cryptococcus, Histoplasma, and Blastomyces spp.; Results reported as quantitative count; Useful to assess probability of catheter-associated infection; Isolators should be used selectively.

CPT Code

  • 87040