Blood Culture- Pathology
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Blood Culture is a microbiological culture of blood. It is done to detect infections that are spreading through the bloodstream (such as bacteremia, septicemia amongst others). A nurse or a technician will insert a thin needle into the vein after cleaning the skin to draw blood.
If a physician recommends a blood culture test, it may be because they may think the patient may have an infection that they want to identify to determine the best treatment. Symptoms that may require a blood culture include
- Fever or chills
- Increased heart rate