Instructional video for the IT-Kit™ stool sample collection kit
Does collecting a stool specimen seem a frightening prospect? Collecting a stool specimen is not most people's idea of fun. In this video we will walk you through what's in the kit, how to collect your specimen, and how to send it back. First, make sure you have everything you need, and remember use only one kit per person please! The kit contains: a screw top specimen container; a cardboard and tissue paper liner; a paper bowl; a spoon to help you move things around; a gauze pad for use with diapers we'll cover that in a moment; an alcohol pad; a plastic biohazard specimen bag with a small white piece of paper; gloves; a paper slip; and a paper sack. If you pee into your specimen it might ruin it so make sure to urinate before you start. Here's a bit of inspiration! Tape the liner to the toilet seat with the print facing up. If your stool has been watery, insert the paper bowl.
If the bowl got squashed in the kit, no problem just pop it back into shape. Poop into the liner or bowl and use the spoon to scoop a cherry tomato-sized amount into the specimen container. If the stool is watery pour it directly from the bowl into the container. If you can't get a specimen any other way you might consider grabbing it from a diaper. It can be hard to get enough poop though so this is a last resort. If the stool is mostly liquid, put the gauze pad inside the diaper and wait for it to become soiled, then put the entire gauze pad into the container. It's time to clean up! You're dealing with human waste and may have an infectious disease so try not to contaminate your bathroom. Now the specimen is in the container make sure the lid is on tight.
All the used materials can be thrown into the trash and the used tissue from the liner can be flushed down the toilet. Whether you used gloves or not, stop and wash your hands well with soap and water. Use the alcohol pad to wipe off the outside of the sealed container. Wait until the alcohol dries, then write the person's name on the lid or label of the container.
Put the sealed container inside the plastic biohazard bag and be sure the square of white absorbent paper is still in the bag. If there is more than one specimen from your household keep each one in its own biohazard bag. Fill out the paper slip with the name of the person who gave the specimen, their date of birth, and the date and time they pooped. The lab cannot test your specimen without this info.
Place the completed paper form into the pouch on the outside of the bag. If you have more than one specimen make sure you don't mix them up! Try to keep the specimen cool after collection, but don't let it freeze. You should refrigerate it if it will be more than 30 minutes before it gets to the health department.
Use the paper sack if you don't want to look at it. If you will be transporting the specimen, don't let it get hot in your car or anywhere else. Use a cooler with an ice pack if you can. You should have instructions about what to do with the specimen after you pack it up. If you're not sure what to do, call whoever gave you the kit or your local health department. Thank you for taking the time to do this simple, albeit unpleasant, task and expect to be notified of your results soon. Have a nice day.
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