Item Value
Test name Bacterial Culture, Stool
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 3-5 days
In House Availability Set up daily, all shifts
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range
Container type Urine cup or C & S (Cary & Blair) transport medium
Amount to Collect 5 mL
Collection Instructions Submit unpreserved stool to laboratory within 3 hours of collection.

If specimen will be submitted to the laboratory more than 3 hours after collection, or after 11 pm when Microbiology is closed, submit stool in C & S (Cary & Blair) Medium. Add stool to red line on vial and mix well with spoon.

C & S (Cary & Blair) Medium is available from Material Services . Outpatients can obtain these from the laboratories' draw stations.
For patient collect samples, order PMM 68902 C & S Medium Cary Blair 2805-05-WB (with bag and instructions).
PMM 49206 C & S Medium 2805-05 (without bag or instructions) also available.

Sample type Stool

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667