Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Fresh whole stool, Rectal swab
Stool container or rectal swab in Eswab transport tube
Whole stool (minimum - swab)
Cause for rejection:
Specimen contaminated with urine or water. Stool containing barium. Specimen sent to laboratory in diaper, or on wooden stick/tongue depressor; no swab in Eswab transport tube.
Send whole fresh stool if possible. Rectal swab may be taken if patient cannot produce stool. If physician orders stool screened for Vibrio, order Vibrio culture separately and in addition to Enteric culture.
OC Power Word:
Preliminary report available after 24 hours
Vibrio Culture; Stool Culture for Vibrio