ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: stool, colonic aspirate, or small bowel aspirate sent in a sterile, leak-proof container OR O&P vials.
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. Colonic or duodenal washings will not be accepted due to their possible dilution factor. Specimens should not be sent on swabs or in diapers will not be accepted.
2 hour expected turn-around time from receipt in lab