The BD BACTEC FX™ blood culture instruments allow for simple, rapid workflow within multiple sites of the healthcare system. Vial activated workflow helps reduce the amount of time needed to operate the instrument and may reduce user errors. A touch screen user interface and on-board barcode scanner allow for flexible, easy loading of samples and access to sample information by all levels of users. The small footprint of the instrument improves the utilization of valuable, limited laboratory space. Multiple instruments can be integrated into a larger system, offering flexibility to the lab.