Specimen Collection

Utilize a Clean Dry Container – Refrigeration is required –
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 outpatient laboratory). 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.
  • If more than one collection is necessary, you may store samples in a refrigerator. NOTE: Place stool in Cary-Blair Medium within one hour of collection and refrigerate up to 5 days.


Cary-Blair Medium Collection

  1. Open the vial with the yellow lid. Using the collection spoon built into the collection vial lid, place small spoonfuls of stool into the container. Focus on areas which appear bloody, slimy, or watery. If the stool is hard, try to take spoonfuls from each end and the middle.

    Add enough stool to make sure that the red preservative liquid reaches the fill line.


    Label the container with your name, date of birth, and time and date of collection.


    Return the stool specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible.

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.