Fe-Col papers provide a simple, easy-to-use, efficient and hygienic stool collection method. For patients they offer a quick, simple solution to a frustrating and potentially messy problem. For the laboratory testing the faeces, they prevent the risk of sample contamination, ensuring fewer test errors.
Faeces are tested for a variety of reasons, most commonly for the determination of the presence of bacteria or parasites, for fat content, for faecal occult blood which can indicate bowel cancer and for Calprotectin which can help discriminate between Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Unlike most other laboratory tests, stool samples are normally collected by the patient at home. However, many people find this collection process difficult, unpleasant and unhygienic to perform. Cling film, paper plates, and copious amounts of toilet paper are the most commonly used methods, but these are then difficult to dispose of and may cause plumbing blockages.
More than 50% of patients responding to screening take a stool sample directly from the toilet bowl. Sampling a stool from the toilet basin is technically difficult, but also creates potential measurement errors, due to loss of content from the stool into the surrounding water, or contamination from toilet sanitizers and toilet water additives.
The Fe-Col device has been developed to solve these problems: a unique, disposable stool collector, which is easily and securely placed on the toilet and can be totally flushed away after use.
- For the patient
■ Ease of use
■ No toilet blockages
■ No mess
■ Nothing to throw away
■ Use the toilet as normal
- For the testing Laboratory
■ Greater uptake on screening programmes
■ Less contamination
■ Less variability
■ More accurate results
■ Reduction of pre-analytical errors
■ Fewer repeat tests
■ Reduces costs
■ Made from wood free paper
■ Flushable and biodegradable
■ No optical brightness additives (e.g. bleach)
■ Includes simple instructions for use
■ Flow seal packaging
■ Small and compact
■ Recycled material
Fe-Col Faecal collection papers are individually wrapped with instructions for use in a discreet 65x170mm flow-sealed pack