A single BD Bactec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial (TB blood culture bottle) can be collected from the Microbiology laboratory prior to seeing the patient.
DISINFECTION CULTURE BOTTLE: Flip off the white lid and apply 70% isopropyl alcohol to the rubber stopper and wait 1 minute.
COLLECTION OF BLOOD: 1. Aseptically collect 1-5 mL of blood. Larger volumes (eg 5 mL) increase the sensitivity. 2. Inject blood into TB Bottle. 3. Do not collect through catheter or cannula. 4. Do not refrigerate. Send to the laboratory.
1. TB bottle contains antibiotics which may inhibit non-mycobacterial organisms. 2. Highly immunosuppressed patients may be at risk for Mycobacterial bacteraemia.