Screen for Campylobacter
No Campylobacter isolated
Culture screens for Campylobacter only. If other pathogens are suspected, a stool culture should be requested.
Preliminary results are reported in 48 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 - 4 days.
- Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Campylobacter
- CAMPYLOBACTER SPECIES CULTURE
Collect stool or swab of fresh stool (not rectal swab). Add stool specimen to transport until liquid reaches 'fill' line. Emulsify specimen thoroughly in transport fluid. Stool in transport can be refrigerated up to 72 hrs. Send swab of stool in anaerobic transport within 24 hrs. Diapers or tissue are NOT ACCEPTABLE. No more than 1 specimen per day will be accepted. If multiple samples are needed, send 1 stool specimen on each of 3 consecutive days. If the patient has been hospitalized 4 or more days, please contact the MLabs Client Services Center to have the test approved by the Microbiology Laboratory before sending the specimen. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time on requisition. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.
Stool infections are transmitted within the community and are rarely hospital acquired. If a patient develops diarrhea 4 or more days after hospitalization, there is a very low likelihood that the diarrhea is due to bacterial infection, with the exception of Clostridium difficile. C. difficile toxin testing can be requested any time C.difficile colitis is suspected.