- Use the bar code label with the patient’s name and ID to identify each specimen.
- Due to short stability, specimens must be collected and shipped to the laboratory Monday through Friday only.
For the recovery of enteric pathogens, the stool specimen must be submitted in a Stool C & S Transport Vial. Fill only to the indicated line on the vial. Do not overfill, as this may cause the vial to leak. This transport system is stable for up to 4 days at room temperature.
Stool for VRE
The stool specimen for VRE must be submitted to an Amies gel transport swab. Specimen is stable for 2 days at refrigerated or room temperature.
Ova & Parasites
The stool specimen must be preserved in an Ova & Parasite Kit.
The Kit consists of two vials: 1 Pink Cap (10% Formalin) and 1 Gray Cap (ZN-PVA). Fill only to the indicated line on the vial. Do not overfill, as this may cause the vial to leak. This transport system is stable for up to 7 days at room temperature.
Clostridium Difficile Toxin A &B
The stool specimen must be submitted in the Sterile Cup (Orange). Refrigerate at 2°-8°C.
The specimen may be frozen if unable to ship the same day of collection.