Bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage fluid collected in a sterile, leak proof container.
Specimens should be collected and transported to the lab as soon as possible to ensure accurate colony count of potential organisms.
Send to the lab immediately at room temperature
Specimens stable up to 30 minutes after collection
Transport time should not exceed 30 minutes. Sputum, tracheal aspirates, and non-bronchoscopic BAL specimens are not appropriate for quantitation.
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