Occult Blood x3

Test performed at York Hospital Laboratory.

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
3 Hemoccult Test Cards

  • When you go to the bathroom, take with you what tou will need to collect the specimen. Do not pass the specimen into the toilet and then dip it out. Either pass it directly into the container that the clinician provides, OR pass it onto the newspaper or plastic wrap. Do not collect samples during or until three days after a menstrual period, or while the patient has bleeding hemorrhoids or blood in the urine.
  • Avoid aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 7 days prior to and during the test period.
  • Avoid Vitamin C in excess of 250mg per day, red meat (including processed meats and liver), and raw fruits and vegetables (especially melons, radishes, turnips, and horseradish) 72 hours prior to and during the test period."

Transport Container
Hemoccult Test Cards

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: Not recommended
Frozen: Not recommended

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)

Stool submitted in a sterile container
Stool submitted in a container with preservative


Setup Schedule

Report Available
Next day

Reference Range

Clinical Significance
The Hemoccult test is recommended for professional use as a diagnostic aid during routine physical examinations, for hospital patients to monitor for gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with iron deficiency anemia or recuperating from surgery, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis and other conditions, and in screening programs for colorectal cancer when the patient instructions are closely followed. Serial fecal specimen analysis is recommended when screening asymptomatic patients.

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.