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#ExistPATIENTPREP>Patient Prep: Specimens for fetal fibronectin testing should be collected prior to collection of culture specimens. Specimens should be obtained prior to digital cervical examination or vaginal probe, ultrasound examination as manipulation of the cervix may cause the release of fetal fibronectin.
Testing should not be performed if the patient has had sexual intercourse within 24 hours prior to the sampling time because semen present may increase the possibility of a false positive result.
#ExistCollect>Collect: Swab from the posterior fornix of the vagina or the ectocervical region of the external cervical os. Do not to contaminate the swab or cervicovaginal secretions with lubricants, soaps disinfectants or creams.
#ExistSPECIMENPREPARATION>Specimen Preparation: Specimens that are not tested within eight hours of collection must be stored, refrigerated, and tested within 72 hours of collection. Avoid extreme temperatures. Transport swab in Fetal Fibronectin Specimen Collection Kit (ARUP supply #32748). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect (TM) or contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Required Information: Specimen must be labeled with gestational age and list patient condition as either "symptomatic" or "asymptomatic."
#ExistSPECTRANSPORT>Storage/Transport Temperature: Refrigerated.
#ExistRemarks>Remarks: Specimen source required.
#ExistConditions>Unacceptable Conditions: Specimens collected in or by any specimen device other than Fetal Fibronectin Specimen Collection Kit.
#ExistStability>Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 3 days; Frozen: 2 weeks Only one freeze/thaw cycle acceptable.