Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Bronchoscopic Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)-Quantitative

  • LIS Mnemonic: CRQG

    Collect

    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.

    Volume Required

    1-2 mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Specimens stable up to 30 minutes after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Transport time should not exceed 30 minutes. Sputum, tracheal aspirates, and non-bronchoscopic BAL specimens are not appropriate for quantitation.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updated daily until final

CPT

87070, 87085

Methodology

Quantitative culture