Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

  • Microbiology

Notes

 

Sample requirements

 

Collect as large a volume as possible into

30 mL sterile Universal

 

 

or

 

 

60 mL wide-mouthed container

 

30 mL sterile Universal container

60 mL wide-mouthed container

Required information

  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy
  • Immunocompromise
  • Travel history
  • Occupational risks
  • Bronchiectasis
  • If ventilated

Storage/transport

Transport withour delay to ensure survival of fastidious organisms. Where transport is difficult, specimens may be cultured up to 48hr after collection.

If specimens are not processed on the same day as they are collected, interpretation of results should be made with care.

If transport is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature.

Turnaround time

2 - 5 days


Page last reviewed: 15/04/2015