Blood Culture- Pathology

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
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Increased heart rate

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