Specimen Collection for Ova & Parasite and/or Giardia

Your provider may ask you to collect a stool specimen for analysis. Please adhere to the following instructions to obtain a specimen suitable for testing.

  • Do not pass the stool into the toilet.
  • Pass the stool into a clean, dry container (may be provided by your physician’s office or can be picked up at AdventHealth Lab). You may also use a clean plastic bag to catch the stool.
  • Another method is to raise the toilet seat, stretch plastic wrap across the bowl just above the toilet water, place the toilet seat down, and pass stool on to plastic wrap for collection.
  • Using a clean plastic spatula, take a portion of the stool and place it into the containers provided until the liquid in the container reaches the fill line. DO NOT overfill the container.
  • If adding sample to PVA and Formalin Fixatives (pictured), refrigeration is not necessary.


Ova and Parasite and Stool Parasite Panel PCR

  1. The collection kit contains one vial with a pink lid and one vial with a blue lid. DO NOT DRINK THE LIQUID. Keep out of children’s reach.
  2. Open the vial with the pink lid. DO NOT POUR OUT ANY LIQUID IN THE CONTAINER. Using the collection spoon built into the lid of the vial, place small spoonfuls of stool from areas which appear bloody, slimy, or watery into the vial until the contents rise to the red line. If the stool is formed (hard), try to take spoonfuls from each end and the middle.
  3. Twist the cap tightly closed and shake the vial until the contents are well mixed.
  4. Open the vial with the blue lid. Repeat step 2 and 3 for the blue lid container.
    Label both containers with your first and last name, date of birth, and date and time of collection. Place containers in a plastic bag provided by lab or your provider. You can also use a clean zip lock bag.
  5. Return the stool specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Specimens should remain at room temperature. For Stool Panel PCR test must be completed within 48 hours of collection.

WARNING: This collection kit has vials that contain poisonous solution. Do not drink. Do not inhale fumes. For disposal contact the laboratory. Keep out of reach of children. In case of skin or eye contact, flush with water. If irritation persists, contact a physician. In case of swallowing, call a physician immediately. For further assistance call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222