CentraCare Laboratory Home Collection Instructions
Stool Collection - Pathogenic Organisms - Clostridium difficile
Please collect stool specimens using the following guidelines. This will enhance recovery of pathogenic organisms and may eliminate the need for further or repeat testing.
Helpful Hints for Collection:
Standard Toilet: Lift toilet seat and lay a 13-gallon garbage bag or plastic wrap over the bowl.
Potty-Chair: Clean and thoroughly rinse reservoir. Allow to air dry before collection.
Diaper: Line diaper with plastic wrap or turn plastic-lined diaper inside out. Secure on child. Many disposable diapers have chemicals that will interfere with testing.
It is important that the stool specimen is NOT contaminated with urine or water. After bowel movement, transfer stool specimen to container provided by the laboratory.
Stool for Clostridium difficile
- A minimum of 2.0 ml of stool in a leak-proof container.
- Label container with patient name (first and last), date and actual time of collection.
- Refrigerate until transported to the laboratory.
- SPECIMEN MUST BE TESTED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF COLLECTION.
CentraCare Laboratory Patient Instructions
1406 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303