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Table 1 Specimen type and number of potential pathogens (≥104 CFU/ml)

From: Storage of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and accuracy of microbiologic diagnostics in the ICU: a prospective observational study

No. potential pathogens IC DC4 DC-80
0 175 177 221
1 61 61 23
2 15 13 10
3 8 8 5
Total 259 259 259
  1. IC, immediate culture; DC4, delayed culture after storage at 4°C; DC-80, delayed culture after storage at -80°C.