Question: How fresh does a stool sample need to be?

Storing a stool sample If you cant hand the stool sample in immediately, you should store it in a fridge, but for no longer than 24 hours. Place the container in a sealed plastic bag first. Stool samples must be fresh – if they arent, the bacteria in them can multiply.

How fresh does a stool sample have to be?

Stool samples should be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible. If you cant hand the stool sample in immediately you should store it in a fridge (but for no longer than 24 hours).

How long is a stool sample good for C diff?

Specimen can remain at room temperature an hour but if delivery to the laboratory will take longer; the specimen needs to be kept cold but not frozen. Refrigerate specimen and transport with ice pack or ice cubes outside of stool container in separate bag if delivery will take longer than one hour of passing stool.

Can a stool sample be kept overnight?

If you cant hand the stool sample in immediately, you should store it in a fridge, but for no longer than 24 hours. Place the container in a sealed plastic bag first. Stool samples must be fresh – if they arent, the bacteria in them can multiply.

Does C. diff stool smell like?

If you have Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection (CDI), it can result in diarrhea that has an unusual odor that some might describe as sickeningly sweet.

Can a stool sample detect bacteria?

The stool culture is a test that detects and identifies bacteria that cause infections of the lower digestive tract. The test distinguishes between the types of bacteria that cause disease (pathogenic) and the types that are normally found in the digestive tract (normal flora).

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