If your physician has requested that you submit a sample for any of the tests or sample types listed below, we urge you to review the corresponding collection instructions to ensure proper sample collection.

NOTE: Always follow your physician’s collection instructions first - even if they differ from the collection instructions stated by Sonora Quest Laboratories.

24-Hour Urine Collection - English

24-Hour Urine Collection - English

Your physician has requested a test or tests that require you to collect all urine for a 24-hour period for the submission to the laboratory for testing. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the test results are as accurate as possible. If you should miss collecting any urine into the container during the 24-hour period, you should discard the entire specimen and start over using a new collection container. 

  • On the beginning of the day of collection, when you rise in the morning, note the time and empty your bladder into the toilet as usual. (Do not save this first urine in the collection container.)
  • Begin collecting every urine specimen thereafter. It is very important that you keep the container cold, on ice, in the bathroom or in your refrigerator to ensure the best quality results for your test.
  • It is important to collect ALL urine for the 24-hour period. If you get up during the night, be sure to add the urine to the container. Your physician needs a total volume and all specimens to ensure accurate results.
  • When you rise in the morning of the second day, collect this specimen into the container as the last specimen of the collection period. Try to arise at approximately the same time as the previous day to reflect collection for a full 24 hours.

EXAMPLE: If you start the collection at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the last collection should be approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

  • Label the container with your first and last name, as well as the start and end times and dates for the collection. Keep the container cold and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes. Specimens that are warm will be rejected and you will be required to recollect.

NOTE: Do not begin the collection on a Saturday morning, as there are no Sonora Quest Laboratories facilities open on Sunday to accept the collection.

24-Hour Urine Collection - Spanish

Su médico a solicitado una recolección de orina durante un periodo de 24 horas para evaluar varias pruebas. Es importante seguir las instrucciones adecuadamente.

  • Cuando se levante en la mañana, note la hora del día. Orine normalmente sin recolectar la primera orina del día.
  • Empiece con la segunda muestra del día notando la hora de recolección de la esta muestra. Asegure colectar toda la orina en el recipiente que le entrego el Laboratorio.
  • Es muy importante que recolecte TODAS las muestras de orina en este recipiente durante las siguientes 24 horas. El Laboratorio necesita pesar el volumen total de la orina.
  • Si Usted comienza Lunes a la 8:00 a.m. su ultima recolección será el Martes a las 8:00 a.m. Si usted se levanta durante la noche dentro del periodo de las 24 horas, por favor incluya esta misma muestra en el recipiente. Todas las muestras de orina necesitan ser coleccionadas en el recipiente.
  • Mantenga el recipiente frió durante el periodo de colección. Lo puede guardar en el refrigerador o en una cubeta con hielo.
  • Cuando termine su recolección de orina. Entregue el recipiente al Laboratorio con la orden de su médico. Favor de indicar su nombre completo, fecha y tiempo que empezó y termino su colección en la etiqueta. La muestra debe ser entregada lo MAS pronto posible y manténgala fría durante su transporte al Laboratorio. Especimenes calientes serán rechazados y recuerdo será necesario.

Noticia: No comience la colección el sábado porque no hay instalaciones abren el domingo para aceptar la colección.

24-Hour Urine Collection for 5HIAA

Your physician has requested a test or tests that require you to collect all urine for a 24-hour period for the submission to the laboratory for testing. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the test results are as accurate as possible. If you should miss collecting any urine into the container during the 24-hour period, you should discard the entire specimen and start over using a new collection container.

Please note the following:

  • Avoid food high in indoles such as avocado, banana, tomato, plum, walnut, pineapple, and eggplant
  • Avoid tobacco, tea, and coffee for 3 days prior to collection
  • Avoid foods high in seratonin such as chocolate, avocado, banana, tomato, plum, walnut, pineapple, and eggplant
  • Avoid medications that include phenothiazines, glyceryl, guaicolote, resorpine, MAO inhibitors, and imipramine. Contact your physician before discontinuing any medications.

Collect the 24 hour urine specimen as follows:

  • On the beginning of the day of collection, when you rise in the morning, note the time and empty your bladder into the toilet as usual. (Do not save this first urine in the collection container.)
  • Begin collecting every urine specimen thereafter. It is very important that you keep the container cold, on ice, in the bathroom or in your refrigerator to ensure the best quality results for your test.
  • It is important to collect ALL urine for the 24-hour period. If you get up during the night, be sure to add the urine to the container. Your physician needs a total volume and all specimens to ensure accurate results.
  • When you rise in the morning of the second day, collect this specimen into the container as the last specimen of the collection period. Try to arise at approximately the same time as the previous day to reflect collection for a full 24 hours.

EXAMPLE: If you start the collection at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the last collection should be approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

  • Label the container with your first and last name, as well as the start and end times and dates for the collection. Keep the container cold and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes.  Specimens that are warm will be rejected and you will be required to recollect.

NOTE: Do not begin the collection on a Saturday morning, as there are no Sonora Quest Laboratories facilities open on Sunday to accept the collection.

24-Hour Urine Collection for Oxalic Acid

Your physician has requested a test or tests that require you to collect all urine for a 24-hour period for submission to the laboratory for testing. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the test results are as accurate as possible. If you should miss collecting any urine into the container during the 24-hour period, you should discard the entire specimen and start over using a new collection container.

Please note the following:

  • Patient should refrain from taking excessive amounts of Ascorbic Acid or Oxalate-rich foods (e.g. spinach, coffee, tea, chocolate, and rhubarb) for at least 48 hours prior to the collection period

Collect the 24-hour urine specimen as follows:

  • On the beginning of the day of collection, when you rise in the morning, note the time and empty your bladder into the toilet as usual. (Do not save this first urine in the collection container.)
  • Begin collecting every urine specimen thereafter. Keep the container cold, on ice, in the bathroom or in your refrigerator to ensure the best quality results for your test.
  • It is important to collect ALL urine for the 24-hour period. If you get up during the night, be sure to add the urine to the container. Your physician needs a total volume and all specimens to ensure accurate results.
  • When you rise in the morning of the second day, collect this specimen into the container as the last specimen of the collection period. Try to arise at approximately the same time as the previous day to reflect collection for the full 24 hours.

EXAMPLE: If you start the collection at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the last collection should be approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

  • Label the container with your first and last name as well as the start and end times and dates for the collection. Keep the container cold and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes. Specimens that are warm will be rejected and you will be required to recollect.

NOTE: Do not begin the collection on a Saturday morning, as there are no Sonora Quest Laboratories facilities open on Sunday to accept the collection.

24-Hour Urine Collection for VMA, Catecholamines, Metanephrines

Your physician has requested a test or tests that requires you to collect all urine for a 24-hour period for the submission to the laboratory for testing. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the test results are as accurate as possible. If you should miss collecting any urine into the container during the 24-hour period, you should discard the entire specimen and start over using a new collection container.

Please note the following:

  • It is preferable for the patient to be off medications for three days prior to collection. However, antihypertensives (diuretics, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, alpha and beta blockers) cause minimal interference. Contact your physician before discontinuing any medications.
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco and strenuous exercise prior to collection.

Collect the 24-hour urine specimen as follows:

  • On the beginning of the day of collection, when you rise in the morning, note the time and empty your bladder into the toilet as usual. (Do not save this first urine in the collection container.)
  • Begin collecting every urine specimen thereafter. Keep the container cold, on ice, in the bathroom or in your refrigerator.
  • It is important to collect ALL urine for the 24-hour period. If you get up during the night, be sure to add the urine to the container. Your physician needs a total volume and all specimens to ensure accurate results.
  • When you rise in the morning of the second day, collect this specimen into the container as the last specimen of the collection period. Try to arise at approximately the same time as the previous day to reflect collection for a full 24 hours.

EXAMPLE: If you start the collection at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the last collection should be approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

  • Label the container with your first and last name, as well as the start and end times and dates for the collection. Keep the container cold and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes.

NOTE: Do not begin the collection on a Saturday morning, as there are no Sonora Quest Laboratories facilities open on Sunday to accept the collection.

Complete Semen Analysis - English

Complete Semen Analysis - Spanish

Female Urine Collection - English & Spanish

Standard Urine Specimen Collection

  1. Wash hands with soap.
  2. Open the container WITHOUT TOUCHING THE INSIDE OF THE CUP.
  3. Separate the folds of the urinary opening and use the towelettes to cleanse the area wiping from front to back.
  4. Keep the labia open and begin urinating into the toilet. While continuing to urinate, bring the cup into the stream and continue to urinate until cup is at least ½ full.
  5. Finish voiding into the toilet.
  6. Replace lid on cup. Tighten securely.
  7. Give the specimen to a technician or place in the designated area.

Pacientes Mujeres - Recollection de Orina

  1. Lavese las manos con jabón.
  2. Quite la tapa del envase sin tocar el interior.
  3. Separe los pliegues de la region genital con sus dedos y limpiese con la toallita. Repitalo con una toallita más.
  4. Empiece a orinar en el baso del baño y sin dejar de orinar colecte la urina en el envase llenandolo hasta la mitad.
  5. Termine de orinar en el baso del baño.
  6. Dé le la muestra a un tecnico o pongalo en un lugar designado.

Glucose Tolerance Testing

NOTE: Always follow your physician’s collection instructions first - even if they differ from the collection instructions stated by Sonora Quest Laboratories.

Your physician has requested one of the following tests. This is a timed test. You are required to remain at the facility for the duration of the test unless otherwise noted.

One (1) Hour GTT (no fasting specimen required)

  1. You will be required to remain at the laboratory for 1 hour.
  2. You will be given a glucose solution to drink. Finish the drink within 5 minutes and notify the staff members as soon as you have completed the drink. Timing of the test will begin at this time.
  3. Do not eat or drink anything else during this time. A small amount of water is acceptable, but please ask a staff member.
  4. You will be called to the phlebotomy room to have your blood drawn in one hour. Please assist the staff by keeping an eye on time. If the time exceeds one hour and you have not been called, please notify a staff member immediately.
  5. If you feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated, notify a staff member immediately. The staff member will assist you by escorting you to a bed to lay down and may place a cold cloth on your head. If you vomit, the test will be discontinued and your physician will be contacted for further instructions.

One (1) Hour GTT (fasting specimen required)

  1. You will be required to remain at the laboratory for 1 hour.
  2. If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink except water) for 10 to 12 hours.
  3. Your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at the laboratory.
  4. You will be given a glucose solution to drink. Finish the drink within 5 minutes and notify the staff members as soon as you have completed the drink. Timing of the test will begin at this time.
  5. Do not eat or drink anything else during this time. A small amount of water is acceptable, but please ask a staff member.
  6. You will be called to the phlebotomy room to have your blood drawn in one hour. Please assist the staff by keeping an eye on time. If the time exceeds one hour and you have not been called, please notify a staff member immediately.
  7. If you feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated, notify a staff member immediately. The staff member will assist you by escorting you to a bed to lay down and may place a cold cloth on your head. If you vomit, the test will be discontinued and your physician will be contacted for further instructions.

Two (2) hour GTT or longer (no 30 minute specimen required)

  1. You will be required to remain at the laboratory for two or more hours, depending on the testing requested by your physician.
  2. If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink except water) for 10 to 12 hours.
  3. Your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at the laboratory.
  4. You will be given a glucose solution to drink. Finish the drink within 5 minutes and notify the staff members as soon as you have completed the drink. Timing of the test will begin at this time.
  5. Your blood will be collected one time per hour for two or more hours, depending on the testing requested by your physician.
  6. Do not eat or drink anything else during this time. A small amount of water is acceptable, but please ask a staff member.
  7. You will be called to the phlebotomy room to have your blood drawn at one-hour intervals. Please assist the staff by keeping an eye on time. If the time exceeds one hour between draws and you have not been called, please notify a staff member immediately.
  8. If you feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated, notify a staff member immediately. The staff member will assist you by escorting you to a bed to lay down and may place a cold cloth on your head. If you vomit, the test will be discontinued and your physician will be contacted for further instructions.

Two (2) hour GTT or longer (30 minute specimen required)

  1. You will be required to remain at the laboratory for two or more hours, depending on the testing requested by your physician.
  2. If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink except water) for 10 to 12 hours.
  3. Your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at the laboratory.
  4. You will be given a glucose solution to drink. Finish the drink within 5 minutes and notify the staff members as soon as you have completed the drink. Timing of the test will begin at this time.
  5. Your blood will be collected 30 minutes after your finish the glucose solution, then again in 30 minutes after that (1 hour from the time of completing the glucose drink). Then your blood will be collected one time per hour for two or more hours, depending on the testing requested by your physician.
  6. Do not eat or drink anything else during this time. A small amount of water is acceptable, but please ask a staff member.
  7. You will be called to the phlebotomy room to have your blood drawn at one-hour intervals. Please assist the staff by keeping an eye on time. If the time exceeds one hour between draws and you have not been called, please notify a staff member immediately.
  8. If you feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated, notify a staff member immediately. The staff member will assist you by escorting you to a bed to lay down and may place a cold cloth on your head. If you vomit, the test will be discontinued and your physician will be contacted for further instructions.

Male Urine Collection - English & Spanish

STANDARD URINE SPECIMEN COLLECTION

  1. Wash hands with soap.
  2. Open the container WITHOUT TOUCHING THE INSIDE OF THE CUP.
  3. Use the towelette to clean the end of the penis. Discard and clean again with the second towellette. If not circumcised, hold foreskin back before cleansing.
  4. Begin urinating into the toilet and while continuing to urinate, bring the cup into the stream and continue to urinate until cup is at least ½ full.
  5. Finish voiding into the toilet.
  6. Replace lid on cup. Tighten securely.
  7. Give the specimen to a technician or place in the designated area.

PACIENTES VARONES - RECOLLECTION DE ORINA

  1. Lavesé las manos con jabón.
  2. Quite la tapa del envase sin tocar el interior.
  3. Limpiese la punta del pene con la toallita. Repitalo con una toallita más.
  4. Empiece a orinar en el baso del baño y sin dejar de orinar colecte la orina en el envase llenandolo hasta la mitad.
  5. Termine de orinar en el baso del baño.
  6. Tape el envase de nuevo.
  7. Dé le la muestra a un tecnico o pongalo en el lugar designado.

Salivary Cortisol - English

The accuracy of test results is dependent on the quality of the specimens submitted. Please follow these instructions closely and contact your physician if you have any questions.

  • Saliva should be collected at the time specified by your physician.
  • Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to collection.
  • To avoid contamination of the vial, do not apply creams or lotions that contain steroids or use steroid inhalers immediately prior to collection.
  • Avoid any activities that could cause your gums to bleed prior to collection; this includes flossing and brushing your teeth.
  • Do not collect the sample if your gums or the inside of your mouth is bleeding. Be sure to contact your physician if this is a chronic problem.

 Collect the specimen as follows:

  • Remove the cotton tube from the inside of the plastic container.
  • If you feel you have adequate saliva in your mouth, place the cotton tube under your tongue for 1 minute.

If you feel that you are unable to produce saliva at the time of collection, you may chew the cotton tube for 30 to 45 seconds to start a flow of saliva and then place the cotton tube under your tongue for 1 additional minute or until it is saturated with saliva.

If necessary, salivation can be stimulated by using a few granules of sugar-free Kool-aid powder or citric acid crystals and then proceed with collection of saliva by placing the cotton tube under the tongue.

  • Remove the cotton tube from beneath the tongue and place in the plastic Salivette collection container and firmly close the stopper. Do not remove the tube that is holding the insert.
  • Label the Salivette collection container with your name and the date and time of collection.
  • Store at room temperature and transport to any Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Center within one day of collection.

NOTE: If a Salivette collection container is not available, 1 mL (approximately ¼ to ½ teaspoon) of saliva may be collected in a clean, plastic collection tube.

NOTE: Salivette is not intended for use with children under the age of three. Children under the age of ten should have adult supervision.

Salivary Cortisol - Spanish

Procedimiento para colectar Saliva para Cortisol usando Salivette recipiente

Para que los resultados sean correctos, dependa en la calidad de la muestra colectada.
Por favor sigua las instrucciones y contacte su Doctor si tiene algunas preguntas.

  • Saliva debe ser colectada específicamente en la hora que le dio su Doctor.
  • No tome o coma 30 minutos antes de colección.
  • Para evitar contaminación, no use cremas que contengan steroids o use inhaladores que contengas steroids antes de colectar muestra.
  • No haga ninguna actividad que cause que las ensillas de su boca sangren antes de colectar muestra; esto incluye limpiando sus dientes con floss o cepillar sus dientes.
  • No coleccione la muestra si sus ensillas o su boca esta sangrando. Procure avisar a su Doctor si este problema es crónico.

Coleccione la muestra como sigue:

  • Del recipiente de plástico, quite el tubo de algodón.
  • Si piensa que tiene bastante saliva en su boca, ponga el tubo de algodón en su boca, debajo de su lengua por 1 minuto.

Si no puede producir saliva en el tiempo de colección, puede masticar el tubo de algodón por 30 a 45 segundos para producir saliva, luego ponga el tubo de algodón debajo de su lengua por 1 minuto adicional o asta que el tubo de algodón este saturado completamente de saliva.

Si es necesario puede estimular saliva con pocos gránulos de Kool aid sin azúcar, proceda en colectar muestra de saliva poniendo el tubo de algodón bajo su lengua.

  • Quite el tubo de algodón de su boca y colóquelo en el recipiente de plástico llamado Salivette, sierre el recipiente. No quite el tubo que detiene el inserto.
  • Escriba su nombre completo en el recipiente de plástico Salivette, también incluya fecha y hora de colección.
  • Mantenga la muestra en temperatura ambiente y transporte muestra a cualquier Laboratorio de Sonora Quest. Muestra debe ser entregada el mismo día de colección.

NOTA: Si el recipiente Salivette no es disponible, puede colectar 1 mL (aproximadamente ¼ a ½ cucharada) de saliva en un tubo de plástico limpio.

NOTA: Salivette no es intentado para niños menores de 3 anos. Niños menores de 10 anos tienen que tener supervisión adulta.

Sputum Collection

For successful diagnosis of infection through testing of sputum samples, it is important that the patient understand the importance of collecting an adequate sample. Samples must be produced from a deep cough. If the sample is contaminated with cells from the mouth or saliva, it will be rejected and the patient will be required to recollect the sputum specimen.

Please follow these instructions to help insure that an adequate specimen is collected:

  • Brush teeth, gargle, and rinse mouth with water. DO NOT use mouthwash.
  • Collect the first morning specimen if possible, since it represents a pool of material that would have collected overnight.
  • Cough deeply, or expectorate directly into a sterile screw-top container. Be careful not to touch the inside of the container or the inside of the lid.
  • The volume of the specimen need not be large, but must be mucous-like material from a deep cough. The best specimen should be about 2 to 3 mLs or approximately 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Saliva is unacceptable and will be rejected by the laboratory. The patient will be required to recollect the specimen if saliva is present.
  • Keep the specimen refrigerated and transport to the laboratory as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes of collection. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.

NOTE: For Cystic Fibrosis specimens, a swab may be used to collect the specimen. This should be determined by the provider and would be collected by the physician office.

NOTE: For certain tests, the physician may require collection of more than one specimen, collected on different days. If this is required, each specimen should be delivered to the lab on the day it is collected.

Stool Collection for C-Diff Culture and/or Toxin, Fecal Leukocyte Exam

Follow physician instructions for collection frequency, usually one or two specimens are collected.

  • You should be given a clean, screw top container for the collection of each specimen requested.
  • For each collection, pass a small amount of fresh stool into a clean, dry container. Take care not to contaminate the stool with urine or toilet water. If collected in a diaper, line the diaper with plastic prior to avoid absorption.
  • Open the container and using a wooden stick, place small scoops of stool into the container. Select areas that appear bloody, slimy or watery.
  • Check all containers to be certain they are tightly closed.
  • Label each container with your first and last name and the date and time collected. Place the containers into the specimen bag and refrigerate or place on ice until transported to the laboratory.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands and discard all supplies in the trash. Excess specimen should be discarded in the toilet.
  • Return the containers to the laboratory with any accompanying paperwork as soon as possible.

NOTE: You may also receive additional containers that contain liquid preservative. Collect these specimens following the instructions provided with them. If you are collecting both types of specimens, collect the specimen in the empty cup on the last day and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible.

Stool Collection for Fecal Fat Studies

Fecal Fat, Quantitative

  • Follow physician instructions for time period of collection – 24, 48, or 72 hours. You should be on a diet including 100 grams of fat per day for three days prior to collection and during collection.
  • You will be provided with a one-gallon container or plastic jar with a tight lid. Specimens collected in a metal paint can will be rejected.
  • Pass stool into a separate collection container and transfer or collect directly into the container provided. Take care not to contaminate the stool with urine or toilet water. If collected in a diaper, line the diaper with plastic prior to avoid absorption.
  • Before submission, check the container to make sure it is tightly closed and label with your first and last name, the date and time collected, and the total collection time – 24, 48, or 72 hours. Place the containers into the specimen bag and refrigerate or place on ice until transported to the laboratory.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands and discard all supplies in the trash.
  • Return the container to the laboratory with any accompanying paperwork as soon as possible after completion of collection.

Fecal Fat, Qualitative

  • You should be given a clean, screw top container for collection. Pass a small amount of fresh stool into a clean, dry container. Take care not to contaminate the stool with urine or toilet water. If collected in a diaper, line the diaper with plastic prior to avoid absorption. Do not ingest castor oil or mineral oil prior to collection.
  • Open the container and using a wooden stick, place small scoops of stool into the container.
  • Before submission, check the container to make sure it is tightly closed and label with your first and last name and the date and time collected. Place the containers into the specimen bag and refrigerate or place on ice until transported to the laboratory.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands and discard all supplies in the trash. Excess specimen should be discarded in the toilet.
  • Return the containers to the laboratory with any accompanying paperwork as soon as possible.

Stool Collection for Lactoferrin

Follow physician instructions for collection frequency. Usually one specimen is collected.

  • You should be given a clean, screw top container for the collection of each specimen requested.
  • For each collection, pass a small amount of fresh stool into a clean, dry container. Take care not to contaminate the stool with urine or toilet water. If collected in a diaper, line the diaper with plastic prior to avoid absorption.
  • Open the container and using a wooden stick, place small scoops of stool into the container. Select areas that appear bloody, slimy or watery.
  • Check all containers to be certain they are tightly closed.
  • Label each container with your first and last name and the date and time collected. Place the containers into the specimen bag and refrigerate or place on ice until transported to the laboratory.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands and discard all supplies in the trash. Excess specimen should be discarded in the toilet.
  • Return the containers to the laboratory with any accompanying paperwork as soon as possible. Specimen must be delivered within 48 hours.

NOTE: You may also receive additional containers that contain liquid preservative. Collect these specimens following the instructions provided with them. If you are collecting both types of specimens, collect the specimen in the empty cup on the last day and deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible.

Stool Collection for Stool Culture and/or Ova & Parasites (including Giardia Antigen)

  • Patients using antacids, anti-diarrheal medication, or laxatives should discontinue use seven (7) days before collecting specimens.
  • Your physician should provide basic instructions for collection.  If none are provided, the laboratory recommends one specimen collection but your physician may order 2 specimens. If so, these must be collected on separate days.  Allow 2 days in between collections.  A separate kit must be used for each collection and collections should never be combined.  If one collection does not fill all containers provided, a separate collection that day may be used to fill the remaining containers.  Be sure to note the collection date and time on each container.
  • Your kit consists of several containers, all or some contain liquid. You may have more than one kit, one for each collection day. Do not drink the liquid and keep out of reach of small children.
  • For each collection, pass a small amount of fresh stool into a separate clean, dry container. Take care not to contaminate the stool with urine or toilet water. Do not pass the specimen directly into the tubes. If collected in a diaper, line the diaper with plastic prior to avoid absorption.

Stool must be transferred to containers immediately after collection, following these instructions (the laboratory cannot accept specimens that have not be transferred immediately as the test will not be valid):

  • Open each of the tubes containing the liquid. Using the collection spoon built into the lid, or a wooden stick, place small scoops of stool into the container. Select areas that appear bloody, slimy or watery. Add stool to each container in the kit until the volume reaches the red line marked on each container. Please note: The pink and gray containers must both be filled from the same stool collection as they make one sample for one test.
  • Carefully mix the contents with the spoon and tightly twist the cap back on the container. Shake the tube vigorously until contents are well mixed.
  • Fill each tube in the same way being sure to add stool to all tubes in the kit. Check all tubes to be certain they are tightly closed.
  • Label each container with your first and last name and the date and time collected. Check the box on the label, which looks most like the specimen collected. Place the containers into the specimen bag and keep at room temperature.
  • If your kit includes containers that do not contain liquid, add stool to these containers with a wooden stick and keep refrigerated or on ice.  Kits with these containers should be returned to the lab within 30 minutes of collection.
  • If you have only kits containing liquid, these should be returned within 24 hours of collection.  If you do collections on multiple days, be sure that each kit is clearly marked with the date and time of collection.  Do not collect more than one kit in a 24 hour period. Use a separate kit each day and never combine specimens.
  • Be sure to wash your hands after handling the specimens and containers. Discard all supplies in the trash. Discard any excess specimen should be discarded in the toilet.  if you accidentally spill any of the liquid, clean it up with a paper towel and discard in the trash. Contact the laboratory to pick up a new collection kit.

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