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

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 Heavy Metals

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.

Special Notes:

  • Please refrain from eating seafood at least 3 days prior to specimen collection as this will effect testing.

  • Speak with your physician before testing if you have had a procedure performed in which gadolinium or iodine-containing contrast has been administered.

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. You may use a commode specimen collection hat to collect the sample. Transfer the specimen from the commode collector into the specimen container immediately and 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 and transfer immediately into the 24 hour 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.

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.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Urine Collection

For Males and Females:

  1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  2. Patient should NOT urinate for at least one hour prior to collection of the specimen.

  3. Collect the urine sample in an empty, sterile, plastic, urine collection cup.

  4. Patient must collect at least the FIRST 15 – 20 mL of urine in the cup (about 1/3 of the cup).

  5. Screw the lid on tightly; wipe the container with a paper towel.

  6. Place specimen in the designated area or hand to the office personnel.

Para Hombres y Mujeres:

  1. Lávese las manos muy bien con jabón y agua.

  2. El paciente NO debe orinar por lo menos una hora antes de la recogida de la muestra.

  3. Recoja la muestra de orina en una tasa plástica para la recogida de orina que está vacía y estéril.

  4. El paciente debe recoger por lo menos los PRIMEROS 15 o 20 ml. de orina en la tasa (aproximadamente 1/3 de la tasa).

  5. Enrosque muy bien la tapa;limpie el recipiente con una toalla de papel.

  6. Ponga la muestra en el lugar designado o entréguela al person

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.

Glucose, 1-Hour Post-Prandial Post Meal

Your physician has requested a special timed test to measure your glucose or blood sugar after eating. Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure that the test results are accurate.

  • If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink, except water) for 12 hours. If this is indicated, your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at this facility.

  • After drawing the fasting specimen you will be directed to eat a meal, which may include the following foods (amounts listed below) in the sample meal plan. Please note that this is a sample, and you may vary the foods, but be sure to eat a satisfying, varied meal. Your physician may also give you a list of the foods they want you to consume (follow their order, first).

  • Note the time when you finish eating. Return to this facility no more than 45 minutes after finishing your meal.

  • Notify the staff when you return to this facility, that you are here to complete a 1 hour Post Prandial / Post Meal Glucose Test. A blood specimen will be drawn at the 1 hour time as you indicate to the staff.

  • If your physician did not request a fasting specimen, then at _____ o’clock on _____ you should eat a meal following the sample meal plan below, or what is ordered by your physician. Report to this facility no more than 45 minutes following completion of the meal.

Sample meal plan:

Breakfast

Or

Lunch/Dinner

1 cup orange juice

1 cup corn flakes or oatmeal 1 cup milk

1 teaspoon sugar

2 slices toast

1 teaspoon jelly

1 egg (if desired)

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

 

1 cup orange juice

1 bowl vegetable soup

4 saltine crackers

1 slice lunchmeat or cheese

2 slices bread with butter, margarine, or mayonnaise

¼ cup vegetables or salad

1 scoop ice cream

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

Glucose, 2-Hour Post-Prandial Post Meal

Your physician has requested a special timed test to measure your glucose or blood sugar after eating. Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure that the test results are accurate.

  • If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink, except water) for 12 hours. If this is indicated, your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at this facility.

  • After drawing the fasting specimen you will be directed to eat a meal, which may include the following foods (amounts listed below) in the sample meal plan. Please note that this is a sample, and you may vary the foods, but be sure to eat a satisfying, varied meal. Your physician may also give you a list of the foods they want you to consume (follow their order, first).

  • Note the time when you finish eating. Return to this facility no more than 1 hour and 45 minutes after finishing your meal.

  • Notify the staff when you return to this facility, that you are here to complete a 2 Hour Post Prandial / Post Meal Glucose Test. A blood specimen will be drawn at the 2 hour time as you indicate to the staff.

  • If your physician did not request a fasting specimen, then at _____ o’clock on _____ you should eat a meal following the sample meal plan below, or what is ordered by your physician. Report to this facility no more than 1 hour and 45 minutes following completion of the meal.

Sample meal plan:

Breakfast Or Lunch/Dinner

1 cup orange juice

1 cup corn flakes or oatmeal 1 cup milk

1 teaspoon sugar

2 slices toast

1 teaspoon jelly

1 egg (if desired)

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

 

1 cup orange juice

1 bowl vegetable soup

4 saltine crackers

1 slice lunchmeat or cheese

2 slices bread with butter, margarine, or mayonnaise

¼ cup vegetables or salad

1 scoop ice cream

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

Glucose, 3-Hour Post-Prandial Post Meal

Your physician has requested a special timed test to measure your glucose or blood sugar after eating. Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure that the test results are accurate.

  • If directed by your physician, you should fast (nothing to eat or drink, except water) for 12 hours. If this is indicated, your blood will be drawn for a fasting or first specimen when you arrive at this facility.

  • After drawing the fasting specimen you will be directed to eat a meal, which may include the following foods (amounts listed below) in the sample meal plan. Please note that this is a sample, and you may vary the foods, but be sure to eat a satisfying, varied meal. Your physician may also give you a list of the foods they want you to consume (follow their order, first).

  • Note the time when you finish eating. Return to this facility no more than 2 hours and 45 minutes after finishing your meal.

  • Notify the staff when you return to this facility, that you are here to complete a 3 hour Post Prandial / Post Meal Glucose Test. A blood specimen will be drawn at the 3 hour time as you indicate to the staff.

  • If your physician did not request a fasting specimen, then at _____ o’clock on _____you should eat a meal following the sample meal plan below, or what is ordered by your physician. Report to this facility no more than 2 hours and 45 minutes following completion of the meal.

Sample meal plan:

Breakfast Or Lunch/Dinner

1 cup orange juice

1 cup corn flakes or oatmeal 1 cup milk

1 teaspoon sugar

2 slices toast

1 teaspoon jelly

1 egg (if desired)

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

 

1 cup orange juice

1 bowl vegetable soup

4 saltine crackers

1 slice lunchmeat or cheese

2 slices bread with butter, margarine, or mayonnaise

¼ cup vegetables or salad

1 scoop ice cream

Coffee or tea (decaffeinated)

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.

Pediatric Urine Collection

Sterile Urine Collector

Instructions on application of Pediatric Sterile Urine Collector:

  1. Open package and set aside.

  2. Separate infant’s legs. Make sure pubic area is clean and dry with no lotions to allow adhesive to stick properly.

  3. Peel off backing paper exposing adhesive.

  4. This is a sterile bag. Do not place fingers inside the opening of sterile bag.

  5. Press adhesive firmly without puckering to the skin surrounding the genital area with the excess of bag toward infant’s feet.

  6. Reapply diaper if necessary over bag.

  7. When removing the bag, take care to avoid spilling and contamination.

  8. Holding bag upright cut off the adhesive portion and empty bag contents into a sterile cup provided.

  9. Label specimen with the patient’s last/first name, date of birth, date of collection and time.

  10. Return the sterile cup back to facility for testing.

Pinworm Collection

Specimens should be collected early in the morning, prior to emptying the bowels. Avoid the use of creams or powders prior to collection of the sample.

For Pinworm Paddle:

  • Remove the cap on the collection container. In the cap you will find an optically clear paddle with one side coated with a non-toxic, mildly adhesive material. This is marked “sticky side”. DO NOT touch this surface with your fingers.

  • Carefully print the patient’s name with pencil on the end of the paddle.

  • Press the sticky surface against the anal skin with moderate pressure and remove.

  • Replace the paddle in the collection container.

  • Print the patient’s name on the collection container, as well as the time and date of collection.

  • Return the sample to the laboratory as soon as possible. Please keep the sample at room temperature, avoid extreme heat and cold.

Alternate Collection – Glass Slide:

  • As an alternate to the Pinworm Paddle, a glass slide with a frosted end and scotch tape may be used for collection.

  • Write the patient’s name with pencil on the frosted end of the glass slide.

  • Using a small piece of clear scotch tape, press the sticky side against the anal skin with moderate pressure and remove.

  • Carefully place the tape, sticky side down on the glass slide and press lightly to ensure that the tape is adhered to the slide.

  • Place the labeled slide in a transport container and label the container with patient name, date, and time of collection.

  • Return the sample to the laboratory as soon as possible. Please keep the sample at room temperature, avoid extreme heat and cold.

Salivary Cortisol - English

The accuracy of test results is dependent on the quality of the specimen(s) 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.

Instructions for Collection:

  1. Collect saliva at the times prescribed by your physician. During the day, saliva should be collected no earlier than 30 minutes after eating or drinking.

  2. Hold the Salivette® at the rim of the suspended insert and remove the stopper. Removal of the stopper is easier if you slightly push it to the side when opening the suspended insert.

  3. Remove the swab the Salivette®.

  4. Collect the saliva as instructed by your physician. If no instructions have been given, gently chew the swab for 1 minute. In any case, keep the swab in your mouth until you feel that you can no longer prevent yourself from swallowing the saliva produced.

  5. Return the saturated swab to the suspended insert and close the Salivette® firmly with the stopper.

  6. The Salivette® can now be returned to Sonora Quest Laboratories. If it is not possible to return it immediately after use or if you have to collect several samples, you should keep the used Salivettes refrigerated.

Important Notes:

  • Do not use this product on children under the age of 3 or patients with increased risk of swallowing or choking.

  • The cotton swab is a natural product. Discoloration and dark inclusions or spot(s) are of natural origin and cannot be avoided.

Salivary Cortisol - Spanish

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

  • Saliva debe ser colectada específicamente en la hora que le dio su médico.

  • No tome o coma 30 minutos antes de la colección.

  • Para evitar contaminación, no use cremas que contengan esteroides o use inhaladores que contengas esteroides antes de colectar la muestra.

  • No haga ninguna actividad que cause que las encias de su boca sangren antes de recojer la muestra; esto incluye limpiando sus dientes con hilo dental o cepillar sus dientes.

  • No recojar la muestra si sus encías o su boca esta sangrando. Conulte su médico si este problema es crónico.

Recolectar la muestra como sigue

  1. Efectuar la recogida de saliva siguiendo el horario indicado por su médico. Si ésta debe realizarse en el curso del día debe hacerse como mínimo 30 minutos después de la ingestion de alimentos alimentos sólidos o líquidos.

  2. Extraiga de la Salivette® el tubo interior y quite el tapón. La apertura se facilita si se dobla ligeramente el tapón.

  3. Extraiga del interior de la Salivette® la torunda.

  4. Recoger la saliva tal como le ha indicado su médico. Si no le ha dado ninguna indicación, masticar suavemente la torunda durante un minuto. En cualquier caso, mantener la torunda en su boca hasta que note que no puede evitar tragar la saliva producida.

  5. Devolver la torunda empapado de saliva al tubo interior, colocar éste en el portatubo y cérrar bien la Salivette® con el tapón.

  6. Devuelva la Salivette® a Sonora Quest Laboratories. Si no es posible devolverla inmediatamente o debemos efectuar más recogidas de muestra a lo largo de día, debemos guardar la Salivette® en nevera.

Importante:

  • No usar este producto en niños menores de 3 años o en pacientes con alto riesgo de atragantarse.

  • El escobillón de algodón es un producto natural. La posible decoloración, trazas o puntos oscuros son de origen natural e inevitables.

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 InSure® ONE™ Fecal Globulin Test

  • There are no specific dietary or medicinal restrictions prior to collection of this test unless normally designated by your physician.

  • If you have active bleeding due to hemorrhoids, fissures, or other conditions, do not use the Insure® test. Contact your physician for additional instructions.

  • If you are menstruating, you should not perform the test during, or 3 days before or after, your menstrual period. If someone else in the household is menstruating, be sure to flush the toilet prior to beginning specimen collection.

  • Remove any deodorizers/cleaners/fresheners from the toilet and flush twice prior to collection as these can decrease the sensitivity of the test. If a rust ring is present in the toilet and cannot be removed, collect the specimen in a different toilet.

  • Follow physician instructions for collection frequency. If none are provided, the laboratory recommends two samples collected from the same bowel movement.

  • Please be aware that the specimen must be received at the laboratory as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the collection date and before any expiration date listed on the test card itself.

  • Your collection kit contains instructions for use, Test Card, Brush Kit (consisting of two brushes) and two waste bags, postage paid return envelope and a Reply Form with label stapled to a Sonora Quest Laboratories requisition form and/or a copy of your physician’s order and other attachments as required for testing and billing purposes.

  • Begin by flushing the toilet. After the bowel movement, DO NOT place toilet paper in the toilet bowl. Instead, use one of the blue waste bags provided. DO NOT FLUSH the toilet after your bowel movement. The test is designed to be collected using stool specimen in water.

  • Lift the flap marked “LIFT HERE FOR SAMPLE” on the test card to uncover the small white squares marked “1” and “2”.

  • Using one of the blue brushes, gently brush the surface of the stool in the water for about 5 seconds. Transfer a sample of the “WATER ONLY” by gently dabbing the bristles of the brush onto the small white square labeled “1” on the test card for about 5 seconds.

  • Using the second blue brush, repeat step 4 and transfer a second “WATER” sample to the test card by gently dabbing the bristles of the brush onto the small white square labeled “2” for about 5 seconds. Discard the used brushes in the other blue waste bag and throw in your trash.

  • Print your name, date of birth and the date sample was collected on the removable label. Ensure the label is affixed to the front of the Test Card (inside the white dotted lines) and your name, date of birth and date of collection are written on the label.

  • Complete the Reply Form and place the Test Card/Reply Form/Pre-Printed Test Requisition or Physician Order in the postage paid mailing envelope provided.

  • Return via US mail immediately using the provided envelope or take to any Sonora Quest Laboratories facility, but ensure delivery within 14 days of the specimen collection date.

Stool Collection for InSure® ONE™ Fecal Globulin Test – Spanish

  • No existen restricciones dietéticas o medicinales específicas antes de la recolección de esta prueba a menos que su médico lo designe en forma habitual.

  • Si tiene sangrado activo como consecuencia de hemorroides, fisuras u otras afecciones, no use la prueba Insure®. Comuníquese con su médico para obtener instrucciones adicionales.

  • Si está menstruando, no debe realizar la prueba durante, o 3 días antes o después, de su período menstrual. Si alguien más en el hogar está menstruando, asegúrese de tirar la cadena antes de comenzar la recolección de muestras.

  • Retire cualquier desodorante/limpiador/aromatizador del inodoro y tire la cadena dos veces antes de la recolección, ya que estos productos pueden disminuir la sensibilidad de la prueba. Si en el inodoro se formó un anillo de óxido y no se puede quitar, recolecte la muestra en un inodoro diferente.

  • Siga las instrucciones del médico sobre la frecuencia de recolección. Si no se le suministraron instrucciones, el laboratorio recomienda recolectar dos muestras de la misma evacuación.

  • Tenga en cuenta que la muestra debe recibirse en el laboratorio lo antes posible, pero a más tardar 14 días después de la fecha de recolección y antes de la fecha de vencimiento indicada en la tarjeta de prueba.

  • Su kit de recolección contiene instrucciones de uso, tarjeta de prueba, kit de cepillo (que consta de dos cepillos) y dos bolsas para desechos, sobre con franqueo pagado y un formulario de respuesta con etiqueta abrochado a un formulario de solicitud de Sonora Quest Laboratories o una copia de la orden de su médico y otros archivos adjuntos según sea necesario para fines de prueba y facturación.

  • Comience por tirar la cadena. Después de evacuar, NO coloque papel higiénico en el inodoro. En su lugar, use una de las bolsas azules para desechos proporcionadas. NO TIRE LA CADENA después de evacuar. La prueba está diseñada para recolectarse mediante el uso de muestras de heces en agua.

  • Levante la solapa que indica "LIFT HERE FOR SAMPLE" (LEVANTE AQUÍ PARA COLOCAR LA MUESTRA) en la tarjeta de prueba para exhibir los pequeños cuadrados blancos marcados como "1" y "2".

  • Tome uno de los cepillos azules y páselo suavemente por la superficie de las heces en el agua durante aproximadamente 5 segundos. Transfiera una muestra de "AGUA ÚNICAMENTE" al frotar suavemente las cerdas del cepillo sobre el pequeño cuadrado blanco con el rótulo "1" en la tarjeta de prueba durante aproximadamente 5 segundos.

  • Con el segundo cepillo azul, repita el paso 4 y transfiera una segunda muestra de "AGUA" a la tarjeta de prueba con un toque suave de las cerdas del cepillo sobre el pequeño cuadrado blanco con el rótulo "2" durante aproximadamente 5 segundos. Deseche los cepillos usados en la otra bolsa azul para desechos y tírela a la basura.

  • Coloque su nombre en letra de imprenta, la fecha de nacimiento y la fecha en que se recolectó la muestra en la etiqueta extraíble. Asegúrese de que la etiqueta esté pegada al frente de la tarjeta de prueba (dentro de las líneas punteadas blancas) que y su nombre, fecha de nacimiento y fecha de recolección estén escritos en la etiqueta.

  • Complete el Formulario de respuesta y coloque la Tarjeta de prueba/Formulario de respuesta/Solicitud de prueba preimpresa u Orden del médico en el sobre con franqueo pagado provisto.

  • Realice la devolución de inmediato a través del correo de EE. UU. con el sobre provisto o lleve la prueba a cualquier instalación de Sonora Quest Laboratories, pero asegúrese de que se entregue dentro de los 14 días a partir de la fecha de recolección de la muestra.

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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