Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
STOOL CULTURE - (F)
Test Code: SC
Clinical Information:

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.

 

Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:

Freshly passed stool (5-10 g) in sterile container. A rectal swab may be sent but this provides suboptimal results.

Sample Collection Manual Link 

Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:

A descriptive report will be sent.

Availability:
Daily
See Also:
More Information:

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.