Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
- Current or recent antibiotic therapy
- Travel history
- Occupational risks
- If ventilated
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.
2 - 5 days
Page last reviewed: 15/04/2015