Stool, colonic aspirate, colonic wash
Rectal swab on patients < 2 yrs of age if stool is not possible
Refer to Stability and Transport for appropriate submission
Optimal Submission: specimen in Ent
Liquid specimen: approximately 5 ml in ETM or 1 tbsp in sterile container
Same as volume required
Unpreserved stool/colonic wash/aspirate in sterile container: immediately at room temperature
Stool in Enteric Transport Media (ETM) or rectal swab: ASAP at room temperature
DO NOT REFRIGERATE OR FREEZE
Unpreserved Stool: must be received in Lab within 30 minutes of collection.
Specimen in Enteric Transport Media: must be received in the Lab within 72 hours of collection.
Stool pathogens routinely cultured for: Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Aeromonas,and E.coli 0157:H7. Any other organism needs a special request. This request also includes testing for E.coli/Shiga Toxin testing
Unpreserved stools received >30 minutes after collection; diapers containing stool; refrigerated or frozen specimens;
swabs on patients > 2 yrs of age;
this specimen is not appropriate for anaerobic culture.
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