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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel 
  Synonym: GI Panel, GIP 
  Method: Film Array Multiplexed PCR 
  Availability: Performed daily, each shift. Results within 3 hours of receipt; during peak seasons or outbreaks within 24 hours 
  Specimen: Stool 
  Collection Device: Collect in a stool container. Transfer to transport media such as Cary-Blair or Enteric Plus transport media. Fresh stool not in transport media will be added to the media prior to testing but must be received into the laboratory within 2 hours of collection. 
  Volume: 1.0 - 5.0 mL for fresh stool; 10.0 mL stool in Cary-Blair or Enteric Plus transport media. 
  Storage/Transport: Transport stool unpreserved at room temperature. If transport delayed greater than 2 hours, preserve in enteric transport media, Para-Pak Enteric Plus, or Cary Blair equivalent. Ship specimen Monday - Thursday overnight to avoid weekend deliveries. Specimen should be shipped at ambient temperature. Package and ship as Category B, Biological Substance, UN3373. See instructions and shipping address at 
  Unacceptable: Leaking container, stool contaminated with urine, diapers, multiple specimens (> 1 per inpatient stay), specimens collected > 5 days after admission, delayed transport to lab without use of appropriate preservative, or transport other than Cary-Blair or Enteric Plus. 
  Specimen Stability: Transport media stable at room temperature for up to 4 days. Unpreserved stool stable for 2 hours. 
  Reference Interval: Not Detected 
  Reportable Disease: Detected pathogens listed on Nebraska Reportable Disease Title 173 Regulations are reportable. 
  Comments: Targets detected:

Bacteria - Campylobacter sp.,Plesiomonas shigelloides; Salmonella sp., Yersinia enterocolitica, Vibrio sp., Vibrio cholera, Enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC), Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), Shiga-like toxin producing E. coli (STEC) stx1/stx2, E. coli 0157, Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC)

Virus - Adenovirus F 40/41, Astrovirus, Norovirus GI/GII, Rotavirus A, Sapovirus

Parasites - Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia

This panel will replace traditional stool culture (STOCU) and Giardia and Cryptosporidium antigen screen (OVPSC) as well as individual cultures for Yersinia (YERCU) and Vibrio species (VIBCU).

If Aeromonas species is suspected, order Culture, Aeromonas. The GIP will not test for this organism. 
  Revised: 2/24/2015 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.