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A blood culture is done to check if bacteria or fungi are infecting your blood.
Usually, a blood infection occurs with other serious infections. These include infections in your lungs, kidneys, bowels, gallbladder, or heart valves.
You may also get a blood infection if your immune system is weak.
A blood culture is done to:
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Blood cultures are taken in special bottles using a needle to draw blood from two separate veins (usually one from each arm).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 11/29/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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