Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL) Culture, Quantitative

Sunquest Code:QBALC  
Epic Code:LAB4577Epic Name:Quantitative Bronchial Alveolar Lavage Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000098 for an inpatient or 04046000098 for an Ambulatory patient.
Synonyms:Bronch, Quantitative, aerobic
Test Includes:Culture for Legionella, fungi or AFB are not included and must be specifically requested.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 4 days.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Bronchial lavage
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.25 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Causes for Rejection:Specimen older than 2 hours not refrigerated.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature if specimen can arrive within 2 hours. If longer than 2 hours, ship refrigerated. Specimen must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth to normal flora
Use:To aid in the diagnosis of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.

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