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Lab Test Dictionary

Stool Culture for Predominant Organisms

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

2 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

2 grams stool

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Submit fresh stool in either sterile cup within 2 hours of collection. If delivery is delayed more than 2 hours, place fresh stool in AlphaTec red-capped vial (ETM) and submit to laboratory within 96 hours of collection.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Fresh stool in sterile cup: less than 2 hours. AlphaTec red-capped vial (ETM): less than 96 hours.

Rejection Criteria

Diapers. Delay in transport.

Test Volume Required

2 grams stool

Minimum Test Volume

1 gram stool

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual.

Included Tests

Predominant organisms will be identified; susceptibility testing by request only. **Note: this test is not intended to screen for all stool pathogens.**