- Open the container, place small spoonfuls of non-formed* stool into the container. Non-formed stool is stool that takes the shape of the container (watery, liquid, very soft). Formed stool specimens are not suitable for testing and will be rejected.
- Label the container with your name, date of birth, and time and date of collection.
- Return the stool specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Specimens should be refrigerated until transported to the laboratory.
*CDC recommends that testing for C. difficile or its toxins should be performed only on diarrheal (unformed) stool.
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