Test directory: Stool Culture for Aeromonas species

Ordering Code5631
Test NameStool Culture for Aeromonas species
AliasAeromonas Culture
Preferred SpecimenStool
Preferred ContainerCary Blair (Para-Pak C&S or FecalSwab Transport)
Other Specimen/ContainerStool in clean container
Rectal swabs in Cary Blair
Optimum VolumeStool, Buffered (Cary Blair): As indicated by the Cary Blair transport tube fill line
Rectal Swab: 2 Swabs
Stool, Unbuffered: 5 gm
Collection InstructionsStool, Buffered (Cary Blair): The sample should include any blood or mucus present
Para-Pak C&S Kit: Use the plastic spoon provided in the cap of the Cary Blair container to transfer 5 grams of sample into the buffered solution until it meets the "fill" line
Tightly cap the vial and shake firmly to ensure that the specimen is adequately mixed with the solution

FecalSwab Transport: Remove the swab from the wrapper and insert the entire tip into the stool (including areas that are bloody, slimy or watery) and rotate to coat the swab
Place the swab into the tube and check that it meets the "MAX FILL" line; do not overfill. Break the shaft at the scored mark. LEave the swab in the tube and cap container
Shake to suspend stool into solution

Rectal Swab: Preferred container is the FecalSwap Transport system; use the enclosed swab to perform collection and submit in the FecalSwab tube. Collect anorectal specimens from the crypts just inside the anal ring. Indicate specimen source on the requisition

All Stool Collections: Antacids, barium, bismuth, anti-diarrheal medication or oily laxatives prior to collection should not be used. Collect stool in a bed pan or a clean, widemouthed container or plastic bag placed over the toilet seat.
Transport RequirementsStool, Buffered (Cary Blair)
Oahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Rectal Swab
Oahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Stool, Unbuffered
Oahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Refrigerated
Specimen StabilityStool, Buffered (Cary Blair) and Rectal Swab: Ambient: 4 Days Refrigerated: 4 Days
Stool, Unbuffered: Ambient: 2 Hours Refrigerated: 24 Hours
Rejection CriteriaFrozen, Specimen older than stability limits,
Stool in Formalin/PVA, Dry cotton swab received,
Stool in diaper or tissue paper, 24 hours collection.
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 3 Days
Additional time is required for identification if culture is positive.
MethodologyCulture with visual examination for bacterial growth.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
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