Blood Culture Bottle Shortage

UNC is currently experiencing a shortage of blood culture bottles. This is a global production issue which will continue for the foreseeable future.

In this time of shortage, please be reminded of the UNC Health Care blood culture policy:

Only 2 sets of bottles should be drawn per suspected septic episode.

For “Test of Cure” cultures only one set of bottles should be collected no sooner than 48 hours following notification of a positive culture.

Following the UNC Health Care Policy will help maintain an adequate supply of bottles. Please contact the Microbiology Laboratory at 919-966-4056 if you have questions.