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Lab Test Dictionary

Gastrointestinal Panel (GIP)


BioFire; Nucleic Acid (PCR)


GIP; GI Panel

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

As Received

Standard TAT

24 Hours

Collection Information

Specimen Required

1 gram or 1 mL Fresh Stool collected in a sterile container or Stool in Enteric Transport Media (ETM)

Container Type

Enteric Transport Media (ETM)

Collection Instructions

Fresh stool collected in a sterile container, delivered to lab within one hour of collection is also acceptable. Enteric Transport Media (ETM) is located in Micro.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Room Temp-OK/Refrigerate-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 1 Hour (Fresh Stool) 4 Days (Stool in ETM); Refrigerated: 4 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Rejection Criteria

Mislabeled; Leaky specimen

Test Volume Required

1 gram or 1 mL Stool

Minimum Test Volume

1 gram or 1 mL Stool

Processing Instructions

Receive and deliver directly to Micro as soon as possible. Fresh stool collected in a sterile container needs to be transferred into ETM within in 1 hour of collection. If sample received already transferred in the Cary Blair media, send to Micro for now and inform the provider of the transport change.

Included Tests

Campylobacter, C. difficile toxin A/B, Plesiomonas shigelloides, Salmonella, Vibrio, Yersinia enterocolitica, Enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC), Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) lt/st, Shiga-like toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) stx1/stx2, Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC), Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia (aka G. intestinales & G. duodenalis), Adenovirus F 10/41, Astrovirus, Norovirus GI/GII, Rotavirus A, and Sapovirus (Genogroups I, II, IV, and V).


Samples positive for STEC will auto reflex for differentiation.

CPT Codes