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Faeces and Other Enterics

Specimen Type Test Requisition Container             Notes                                                                                               
Bile of duodenal aspirate Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A

Bile of duodenal aspirate Ova and parasites MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room Temperature

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: This test should be requested when duodenal aspirates are sent for examination.

Faeces (Stool) Clostridium difficile toxin MS 349

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 2 hours
Notes: A stool specimen is required for this test. Rectal swbs will be discarded. Only a toxin assay will be performed; C. difficile culture is not done.
Faeces (Stool) Cryptosporidia / Microsporidia MS 331

 Parasitology sodium acetate formalin (SAF) stool fixative kit

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A
Faeces (Stool) Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

 Enteric Pathogen Transport (EPT) Media

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A
Faeces (Stool) Ova and parasites MS 331

 Parasitology SAF (sodium acetate formalin) fixative kit and a sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room Temperature or 4°C

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes:N/A
Faeces (Stool) SARS Coronavirus RT-PCR MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: Provinical Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes: Performed by Provincial Health Lab upon approval. The patient must fulfill the clinical case definition as specified by Health Canada
Faeces (Stool) Schistosoma hatch test MS 331

 Sterile container, fresh stool

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room Temperature

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A
Faeces (Stool) Strongyloides culture MS 331

 Sterile container, fresh stool

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room Temperature

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A
Faeces (Stool) Viral culture (when enteroviral meningitis is suspected) MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes:N/A
Faeces (Stool) Virus detection by electron microscopy (EM) for gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 1 week
Notes:N/A
Faeces (Stool) VRE MS 349

 Enteric pathogen transport (EPT) media or sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A
 Pinworm or scotch tape preparation  Examination for Enterobius vermicularis  MS 331

Scotch tape kit or Starplex container with paddle

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A
 Rectal / large bowel biopsies  Cytomegalovirus (CMV) detection  MS 331

 Sterile container or viral transport media.

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 48 hours
Notes:N/A
 Rectal swab  Culture and sensitivity (C&S), VRE, MRSA  MS 349

Cobas Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes: N/A
 Worm / Insect  Worm / Insect for ID  MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room Temperature

Area: Parasitology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab.
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A