CentraCare Laboratory Home Collection Instructions
Stool Collection - Pathogenic Organisms - Culture
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 Culture
- Collect a fresh, random stool sample in a leak-proof container.
- Label container with patient name (first and last), date and actual time of collection.
- The specimen MUST be brought to the laboratory within one (1) hour of collection.
- Submit stool specimen in a Para-Pak C&S vial.
- Use the attached spoon in the vial to obtain specimen from different areas of stool, especially where blood and/or mucus is observed.
- Add enough specimen to bring fluid to fill line on the Para-Pak C&S vial
- Cap and mix vigorously.
- Label vial with patient name (first and last), date and actual time of collection.
- Specimen MUST be brought to the laboratory within 96 hours of collection.
Note: Avoid recent antibiotics, x-ray contrast material, anti-diarrheal medications, antacids, bismuth or oil instillation.
CentraCare Laboratory Patient Instructions
1406 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303