Parasite Stool Sample
The purpose of this test is to identify parasites in the intestine (e.g. protozoans and worms).
1. Sampling kit:
- A clean container, for example a disposable plate or a cardboard kidney bowl.
- Sampling containers with a spoon attached to the lid and containing formalin.
- Sealable plastic bags.
- Stickers for recording your personal details.
NOTE! Formalin is toxic!
- In case formalin enters the skin, wash the skin thoroughly with water and soap.
- In case formalin enters the eyes, rinse the eyes with ample amounts of water for 10 – 15 minutes, and seek medical attention without delay.
- If formalin is swallowed, drink ample amounts of water, and seek medical attention without delay.
2. Collecting the stool sample:
- Collect some stool (feces) in the clean container. When you are collecting more than one samples, collect the samples on different, non-consecutive days.
- Open the lid of the sampling container.
If the feces is solid, using the spoon attached to the lid collect about a spoonful of stool into the container.
If the feces is watery, collect an amount corresponding to approx. Half or one third of the formalin volume.
- Mix the feces into a gruel-like mixture with the formalin.
- Close the lid of the container carefully.
- Attach a sticker with your personal details to the sampling container.
- Write the sampling date and time on the stickers.
- Put the sample container in a plastic bag and seal the bag carefully.
3. Storing the sample:
Take the sample to the laboratory as soon as possible. However, if you are able to collect all the required within five (5) days, the samples can be stored in in a cool place, e.g. in a refrigerator (NB! Keep away from foodstuff). All the samples can then be delivered to the laboratory at once.
4. Please note:
In order to minimize the risk of infection, please wash your hands carefully with water and soap after collecting the sample. Dispose the container you used for collecting the sample appropriately.