STOOL CULTURE - (F)
Test Code: SC
1. Send only one specimen daily. Routinely cultured for Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella, E. coli 0157 and Yersinia.
2. Stool cultures are not performed on patients who have been in hospital > 3 days.
3. Stools in transit > 24 hours will be rejected if not in transport media.
Freshly passed stool (5-10 g) in sterile container. A rectal swab may be sent but this provides suboptimal results.
A descriptive report will be sent.
Check diagnosis, add appropriate media if indicated. If bloody stool is received or history of blood diarrhea send a portion of the stool to CPL for verocytotoxin and culture for E. coli 0157.