Blood Culture Bottle Shortage

We are 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 use the following guidelines:

  • 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 6-4056 if you have questions.