Rectal specimen with double swab culture device; submit only on patients less than or equal to 2 yrs of age when stool is not available
Double swab collection device
Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature
Up to 1 hour after collection
Optimal specimen submission: ASAP after collection. Stool pathogens routinely cultured for: Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Aeromonas,and E. coli 0157:H7.
Any other organisms would need a special request.
Not accepted for stool culture on patients > 2 yrs of age
Not suitable for anaerobes.
Unacceptable for Shig/E.coli 0157 toxin testing
Updates Daily Until Final
Rectal swab is inferior to actual stool specimen