Jun 28, 2017




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Culture, Stool, Vibrio

Culture, Stool, Vibrio (HCVIBC) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: Culture, Stool, Vibrio

Test Name: Culture, Stool, Vibrio

Health Link Test Code: HCVIBC

LIS Test Code: VIBC

CPT Code(s): 87046; Additionial CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Culture

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: 2 days minimum.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Not available stat.

Patient Preparation:

The patient should be cautioned against the use of antacids, barium, bismuth, antidiarrheal medication or oily laxatives prior to the collection of the specimen.

Specimen: Stool

Collection Container: Para-PakĀ® Culture & Sensitivity (C & S) kit (orange cap)

Also Acceptable: Cairy-Blair transport media, Sterile screw cap container

Collection Instructions:

Pass stool into a clean, dry bedpan. Do not use toilet paper to collect stool. It may be impregnated with barium salts which may be inhibitory. Transfer stool to a Para-Pak Culture & Sensitivity (C&S) kit (orange cap). Check expiration date on Para-Pak kit prior to transfer. If past expiration, do not use.


If sending fresh stool in a sterile container send minimum of 6 mL of stool.


If sending stool in Para-Pak Culture & Sensitivity (C&S) kit fill to red fill line indicated on vial (~3-4 mL of stool).

Collection Volume: See collection instructions.

Stability Ambient:

Unpreserved: 2 hours

Para-Pak/Cary-Blair: up to 4 days

Stability Refridgerated:

Para-Pak/Cary Blair: up to 4 days

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Stool

Specimen Transport:

Transport to UWHC Microbiology Laboratory within 2 hours of collection (unpreserved). Specimens collected in Para-Pak Culture and Sensitivity (C&S) kit (orange cap) or Cary-Blair transport media should be transported within 4 days.

Unacceptable Criteria:

Specimens on patients hospitalized more than 3 days are not acceptable. LIMIT: One specimen every 24 hours.


Negative for Vibrio

Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Additional Information:

Requires history of recent exposure to salt water or raw seafood.


Because these agents do not cause hospital acquired infections, specimens on patients who have been hospitalized greater than 3 days will require approval of the Director of Microbiology or Pathology Resident.


Also order Culture, Stool and Shiga toxin for other stool pathogens.


Positive tests are called to a health care provider.