Patient Preparation

  1. Not affected by diet or medication.
  2. Stool samples should not be collected if obvious rectal bleeding occurs, such as from hemorrhoids, constipation bleeding or urinary bleeding.
  3. Women should avoid collecting the specimen during or in the first three days after a menstrual period.
  4. Alcohol in excess should be avoided for 7days before and during specimen collection since they can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and cause bleeding.
    Specimen Collection

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). Another way to collect the stool would be to use a large plastic bag to catch the stool. You may also 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.

Patient Collection Instructions:

  1. Label the container with your name, date of birth, and time and date of collection.
  2. The tube with the stool sample may be stored up to six (6) days at room temperature and up to thirty (30) days in the refrigerator at (2°C-8°C).
  3. Submit specimen to your physician’s office or AdventHealth Lab.