How to Take a Stool Sample


How to Take a Stool Sample. Certain medical conditions may require you to submit a stool sample to your physician. Feces can tell your physician a lot about your diet and any toxins that may be in your body. Your physician will supply you with a kit to perform this procedure.

Obtain the stool sample kit from your doctor's office. The kit will consist of a container, referred to as a hat, to place in the toilet bowl to catch your feces. There will be a small shovel and a specimen container to store your feces.

Place the hat in the toilet bowl. Take a bowel movement into the hat then remove it from the toilet bowl. Put on a pair of gloves.

Use the small shovel attachment on the specimen container to remove sections of the feces from each end and the middle. Place the feces in the specimen container, making sure the stool sample reaches the line that marks the desired quantity.

Dispose of the hat and the remaining feces in a plastic bag. Throw the gloves away in the same bag and tie it securely.

Refrigerate the container with the stool sample. Place it in a brown paper bag to avoid viewing when in the refrigerator and prevent food contamination. Return the stool sample to the requesting physician as soon as possible.

Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial soap; pat dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid contaminating your stool sample with urine. Urinate before placing the hat in the toilet bowl to catch the stool.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if you need to return the stool sample to the doctor's office or if you need to take it directly to a lab.
  • The stool sample is a bio-hazard.

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