ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: Stool, colonic aspirate/wash, or small bowel aspirate collected in O&P vials OR a sterile, leak-proof container.
Add stool to the "Fill to Here" line on O&P vials (=approx. 5 mL of sample)
5 mL (whether in O&P vials or sterile container)
Send to the lab immediately at room temperature
Unpreserved specimens must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Specimens sent in O&P vials may be received in the lab up to 2 weeks after collection.
Specimens should not be refrigerated or frozen. Specimens sent on swabs or in diapers will not be accepted.