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Culture, AFB (Acid Fast Bacilli), Blood

Mnemonic:    [C AFB BLD]
Name:    Culture, AFB (Acid Fast Bacilli), Blood
Specimen:    10 mL whole blood from a Green SODIUM heparin tube. Do not use gel barriers.
Transport Temp:    Store and transport sample at Room Temperature.
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days ambient.
Ref Lab/Code:    PHL
Reference Range:    No Acid Fast Bacilli recovered
Critical Range:    Positive
  Method:    BD Continuous Monitoring System
Processing Info:    Take to Microbiology for processing. Specimen is sent to Public Health Lab (PHL). Refrigerated specimen is unacceptable. Final results in 6 weeks.