In the Test Catalog, use the Specimen and Overview tabs of each test to identify:
Containers must be capable of withstanding, without leakage, an internal pressure of 95 kPa in the range of -40°C to 55°C.
Mayo Clinic Laboratories supplies containers for fecal specimen collection and processing:
T291 Kit for 24, 48, 72 hours
T288 4 oz container for random collection
Supplied containers have the following label affixed:
Do not send specimens in unapproved containers due to potential shipping problems. Use Mayo Clinic Laboratories containers to avoid courier rejection and transportation delays.
Print the Stool Collection Instructions for the patient.
When you give the instructions and container to the patient:
Note: The collection kit comes with an instruction brochure for the patient.
When the patient returns the container to you, complete the following information on the label affixed to the container:
Specimens must have two person-specific identifiers on the patient label. Person-specific identifiers include:
Specimens are considered mislabeled when there is a mismatch between the person-specific identifiers on the specimen and the information accompanying the specimen. This information might include a computer system, requisition form, or additional paperwork.
In addition, if a handwritten name and a label are on the container, the information must match exactly. For example, "Rebecca" does not match "Becky." When insufficient or inconsistent identification is submitted, a new specimen may be required.
T043 Biohazard Bag
Place the specimen container in a Mayo Clinic Laboratories 12x15 biohazard plastic shipping bag (T043). This bag contains material capable of absorbing the full liquid content of the specimens inside.
Mark the appropriate temperature on the bag: Frozen, Refrigerate, or Room Temp (Ambient).
If you are not using a bag supplied by Mayo Clinic Laboratories:
Packaging Multiple Specimens
When a stool test is listed on the temperature batch number with other specimens, the stool container must be bagged separately from other specimens.
Make a copy of the batch page listing the stool test and enclose it with the stool specimen in the bag. The remaining specimens and temperature batch number pages should be bagged together.
Folded batch sheet with bar code and delivery address visible
Clients who submit electronic orders will have a batch sheet. The bottom of the batch sheet lists the number of pages (for example, 1 of 3). Fold the batch sheets into fourths and place them in the outside pocket of the bag. If there is no pocket, place them inside the bag with the specimens. Include all pages in the corresponding bag. The delivery address and bar code, if applicable, must be visible. Do not combine multiple batches into one bag.
Clients who do not order electronically must include a completed Test Request form with each patient specimen. Our Customized Test Request Form generator provides the Test Request form and all other required forms for the specified test. Complete and print all forms included; then fold and insert the forms into the outside pocket of the biohazard bag. If there is no pocket, place the forms inside the bag with the specimen.