Aerobic and Anaerobic Blood Culture Bottles


When drawing blood cultures, which bottle is it recommended that you transfer into first (aerobic 1st or anaerobic 1st)? 

I just looked at the blood culture article from Jan. 2011 in the J of Inf. Nursing and there are opposite statements in the article vs. a table. 


Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn Rae, RN, MSN, CPON

Clinical Educator:  Hem/Onc/SCT, SOU, MOU

Children's MemorialHospital

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That is what I was taught...just wanted to make sure.

Mary Lynn Rae, RN, MSN, CPHON
Clinical Educator-Hem/Onc/SCT
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

We are taught to transfer into aerobic first, then anaerobic.

Hope this helps,

Nancy Costa CRNI

Indiana University Hospital