Hemoccult

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

Q/HEMOCC

CPT CODE: 82270
CDM NUMBER: 3451039
DAYS PERFORMED:

Daily, 24 hours

TURNAROUND TIME:

1 day

CONTAINER TYPE: Sealed, plastic stool container.
COLLECTION: The specimen should be collected directly into the plastic feces specimen container (no preservative) or into a bedpan, avoiding contamination with urine or water. Transfer the feces from the bedpan into the plastic feces container or a sealer container.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Fresh stool
REJECTION CRITERIA:

Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, specimen contaminated with urine and/or water, specimen containing interfering substances (i.e. castor oil, bismuth, Metamucil, barium), more than one specimen submitted to the laboratory per day. Diapers and specimens on tissue paper are NOT acceptable.  Gastric specimen.

MINIMUM VOLUME: 1-2 grams
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
REFERENCE RANGE: Guiac: negative or trace of blood.
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: The patient should have a diet free of high bulk, red meat, and fish, with restriction of peroxidase-rich vegetables, for 72 hours prior to specimen submission, and during testing, to decrease the incidence of false positive results. Alcohol, aspirin, and other gastric irritants should be avoided.
METHODOLOGY: Guiac (chemical method); direct observation.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A positive Guiac test has more significance than does a negative test.
LAST UPDATED:

5-22-2014

TEST SYNONYM(S):Feces, Standard Exam; Blood, Occult, Stool; Guaiac, Stool; Stool for Blood; Occult blood, stool