Hemmocult testing

  1. Hello group,

    I cannot seem to find the answer to this question regarding Hemoccult testing. The question is (Hemoccult testing cannot be performed on the incontinent resident)?

    One more. If frank blood is produced in the bowel movement o be sampled, (It is still appropriate to continue testing)?

    Thanks guys
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  3. by   Here.I.Stand
    Why would you not be able to do the test on an incontinent person? Feces are expelled outside of their control...blood doesn't automatically come out with incontinence vs the toilet.

    "Occult" means hidden or secret. If you see frank blood, there is nothing to be gained by testing for blood. The test is to reveal blood that is not readily visible.