Test directory: Bone Marrow Culture

Ordering Code4105
Test NameBone Marrow Culture
AliasBone Marrow Aspirate Culture
Preferred SpecimenBone Marrow Aspirate
Preferred ContainerBacT/ALERT Pediatric Bottles
Other Specimen/ContainerBone Marrow Aspirate in other blood culture media
Optimum Volume3 mL
Collection InstructionsCollect using usual sterile technique. Inoculate blood culture bottle aseptically. Indicate on requisition if special organisms are of interest (e.g. Cardiobacterium)
Note: SPS should be used only for Fungal or AFB bone marrow cultures, as other bacterial organisms may be inhibited by the anticoagulant.
Handling InstructionsIf the culture bottles have been incubated, deliver to the microbiology department within 12 hours.
Transport RequirementsOahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilityAmbient: 16 Hours
Rejection CriteriaFrozen, Preservatives used, Refrigerated
Note: bone marrow specimens with rejection concerns will be processed upon receipt and the ordering physician consulted.
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 5 Days
Preliminary results at 24 and 48 hours. Culture will be held longer if special organisms are of interest (e.g. Cardio- bacterium). Additional time is required for identification &/or susceptibility testing if culture is positive.
MethodologyDetection of increased C02 production by microorganisms

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Source:ALLSee report.
Status:ALLSee report.
Culture:ALLSee report.