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Stool Collection: Hemoccult

Stool Collection: Hemoccult

Lab testing is done on stool to detect bacterial, parasitic and viral infections. Stool can also be tested for blood.

This enables the doctor to appropriately treat your child's illness. The Hemoccult test looks for hidden blood in stool samples.

Preparing for Stool Collection

  • You can collect stool in a container or on toilet tissue.
  • Try to keep any urine from mixing with the stool.

Collecting the Stool Sample

If you have a test card:

  • Collect a small amount of stool with the provided stick or on a Q-tip.Apply a thin-smear to BOX A.
  • Collect another small amount of stool from a different area of the specimen using the same stick or Q-tip. Apply a thin-smear to BOX B.
  • Close, cover and label the specimens.
  • Label the Test Card with the patient’s first and last name, date of birth and date/time that it was collected.
  • Keep the specimen at room temperature and bring it to the hospital lab within 14 days.

If you do not have a test card:

  • Collect a small amount of stool into a specimen cup or clean container.
  • Label the container with the patient’s first and last name, date of birth and date/time the stool was collected.
  • Keep the fresh stool at room temperature and bring it to the nearest neighborhood location within 24 hours.

Note of Caution

  • If your healthcare provider has requested more than one Hemoccult test, collect each specimen on separate days.
  • False positive reactions can occur if your child's diet is high in red meat, processed meat and liver, and raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Be sure to protect your child's Hemoccult test card from light, heat and volatile chemicals. (Store completed slides at controlled room temperature − 59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Last Updated 09/2016

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