Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
Container/Tube: Stool container (Supply T291)
Preferred: Entire 48-, or 72-hour collection
Acceptable: Entire 24-hour or random collection
1. All containers must be sent together.
2. The entire collection must contain at least 5 g of feces.
3. For a random collection, a minimum of 5 g (do not send entire collection) is required.
4. The number of containers sent should be indicated on the labels (1 of 4, for example).
5. See Stool Collection Information Sheet in Special Instructions.
1. Length of collection period is required.
2. Patient can store sample at refrigerate temperature during collection period.
3. A separate order and collection should take place if stool bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, magnesium, osmolality, pH, potassium, sodium, or any microbiology testing is desired.
4. For 3 days prior to and during the collection period:
a. Patient should be on a fat-controlled diet (100-150 g fat per day).
b. No laxatives (particularly mineral oil and castor oil)
c. No synthetic fat substitutes (eg, Olestra) or fat-blocking nutritional supplements
5. The use of diaper rash ointments will falsely elevate test results. Discontinue use during collection period.
6. Barium interferes with test procedure; a waiting period of 48 hours before stool collection analysis is recommended.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Fecal||Frozen (preferred)||180 days|