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Stool OVA and Parasite Exam

Specimen Type:

 

also known as Ova and Parasite, Ova and Parasite Exam, Stool for Parasites, Parasites, O AND P

Other


MICROBIOLOGY


Specimen requirements:

Denture Container for Fecal Samples

 

or: Sterile Specimen Container and MCC Stool Collection Kit

Unit of measure:

gm

Ideal sample:

Fecal material size of a heaping TBSP.

Absolute minimum amount:

2 gm

Method of collection:

N/A

Transportation:

Best: Fresh within 2 hours, unless placed in MCC Transport Kit (available from Micro Lab)

Label instructions:

All containers must be labeled with patient name and medical record number.

Request test on form:

Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )

Order/entry screen(s):

Microbiology/Virology

Stat frequency:

N/A

Stat turn around time:

N/A

Routine frequency:

Max 1 ova & parasite/day.

Must be in by:

N/A

Routine turn around time:

N/A

For Hillcrest deliver to:

Microbiology : Room 2-105

For Thornton deliver to:

Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,

 

Hospital, room 1-013

Scheduling requirements :

N/A

Method:

N/A

Special Instructions:

DO NOT submit if patient has been hospitalized for more than 3 days.

 

Inpatients:  Instruct patient to defecate into a dry bedpan without mineral oil, bismuth, or magnesium compounds. Collect 3 random specimens on 3 separate days.  If pinworm suspected, submit scotch tape prep (pinworm collection kit available in Microbiology lab).  Stools for ova and parasites from inpatients will only be accepted up to 72 hours after admission. After 72 hours, it will be performed as a special request and must be approved by the Microbiology Lab Director.

Caregivers:  Remove a portion of the specimen with spoon attached to collection vial and place in collection containers.  Keep adding sample until the liquid level in each vial reaches the red fill line.  Mix the contents of each vial with the spoon.  Recap the vial making sure the lid is tight.  Shake the vial until the contents are well mixed.  Attach a patient label to each vial and return all vials into the plastic bag.  Put that bag into a red biohazard sample collection bag.  It is best to place a portion of the sample into all 3 collection tubes.  The pink and blue capped vials are needed for the ova and parasite examination

Outpatients:  Supply patient with a large-mouth denture cup for initial collection and the MCC stool collection kit consisting of 3 vials.  Include instruction sheet above.

 

Results are available on a Chart Copy

 

Results are Qualitative

SOFT LAB abbreviation:

OVAP

Secondary code:

4701

Lab Processing Instructions:

N/A