Name: Occult Blood, Gastric
Test Name: Occult Blood, Gastric
Health Link Test Code: HCGASTRO
LIS Test Code: GASTRO
CPT Code(s): 82271
Methodology: Gastroccult Slide Kit
Gastroccult is a rapid screening test for detecting occult blood in vomitus and gastric aspirates.
Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: 4 hours.
Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 hour.
Specimen: Vomitus or gastric aspirate
Collection Container: Gastroccult Kit
Apply one drop of vomitus or gastric aspirate to gastroccult blood test area. DO NOT apply sample to the Performance Monitor Area of the card.
Sample Analyzed: Vomitus or gastric aspirate
It is recommended that samples be applied to slide immediately after collection. Gastroccult slide may be developed up to 4 days after sample application. Store at room temperature. Transport slide to UWHC Hospital Laboratory.
Sample not received on Gastroccult slide is not acceptable. If sample is applied to the Performance Monitor Area of the card, slide is not acceptable.
Interpretation Type: Expected Results
The laboratory does not report the pH from the gastroccult slide.
Gastroccult testing is a screening procedure and cannot be considered conclusive evidence of the presence or absence of GI bleeding. Test results should be used in conjunction with other information relevant to the clinical status of the patient.