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Bronchoalveolar Lavage, SCCA patient

Clinical System Name

None specified


BAL, SCCA Patient
Bronchial Aspirate, SCCA patient
Bronchial Washing, SCCA patient

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Bronchoalveolar Lavage/Bronchial Aspirate

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container

Preferred Vol: Several mLs divided into aliquots.

Minimum Vol: None specified


Note: Notify SCCA Pathology in advance of procedure (206) 288-1355. Pulmonary physicians should divide specimen for pathology, microbiology, and virology. If applicable, specify sites on sample and paperwork. Send specimens to the Lab immediately. Keep at room temperature.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: RT

Storage location: BAL samples will be sent to SCCA pathology for SCCA patients. Samples for Microbiology and Virology Labs will stay on CHRMC campus. Samples from different sites will be pooled for all tests unless otherwise specified.

Day shift: time stamp all paperwork. If there are fewer aliquots than requisitions, consult CHRMC Lab SCCA coordinator. Order VIR SPEC and deliver Micro samples as usual. Deliver SCCA/FH sample(s) and paperwork to SCCA coordinator immediately. After hours (5 pm): Refer to the "After hours specimen flow sheet" located in the specimen handling manual on CPA bookshelf. SCCA Pathology after hours: (206) 559-6195 or (206) 994-3755.


Off-site collection:


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N Must be scheduled with SCCA pathology (M-F 0730 - 1730). SCCA pathology on call at all other times. Preliminary results within 2 hrs of sample receipt


Performing Laboratory

SCCA Pathology



SCCA Pathology

825 Eastlake Ave E, Room 1201
Seattle, WA

Phone Number: (206) 288-1355





Reference Range

None specified






Method: None specified

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes

CPT code

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Reference Test Name: None specified
Reference Test Number:

None specified


Specimen must be received by SCCA Path Lab by 5 pm M-F.