Faeces Culture (Bacteriology)
All diagnostic faecal samples, except single organism screens,
are tested for the following organisms; Campylobacter sp.,
Salmonella sp., E.coli (VTEC) including 0157 and
Faecal samples submitted from patients that have a foreign
travel history will also be examined for Vibrio sp., including
Foodborne outbreak samples submitted through the local
environmental health team may have additional culture performed for
Staph aureus, Bacillus sp., and Clostridia sp.
Additional screening for Yeast sp., and Vancomycin Resistant
Enterococci (VRE) is performed on selected Immunocompromised
patient groups under the guidance of the IPC Team.
Collection container (including preservatives):
Collect specimens in appropriate CE marked leak proof
Specimen type: Faeces
Collection: Specimen may be passed into a
clean, dry, disposable bedpan or similar container and transferred
into an appropriate CE marked leak proof containers and place in
sealed plastic bags.
Specimen transport: If processing is delayed,
refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature
Minimum volume of sample: A liquid specimen of
1-2 mL is sufficient.
1 gram (large pea-size) of solid specimen
Special precautions: The specimen is
unsatisfactory if any residual soap, detergent or disinfectant
remains in the pan.
Measurement units: Not applicable
Biological reference units: Not applicable
Turn round time for provisional result (calendar
days): 24 hrs
Turn round time to final result (calendar
Clinical decision points: Not applicable