Stool Specimen Collection

Stool Specimen Collection

Stool is collected to determine the presence of blood, ova and parasites, pathogens, or such substances as ingested drugs. Gross examination of stool characteristics, including color, consistency, and odor, can reveal such conditions as GI bleeding and steatorrhea.

Stool specimens may be collected over a specific time period, such as 48, 72, or 96 hours. Typically, timed specimens are used to test for fat, porphyrins, urobilinogen, nitrogen, and electrolytes. Because stool specimens can’t be obtained on demand, proper collection requires careful instructions to the patient to ensure an uncontaminated specimen.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Stool Specimen Collection

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