|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:|
Test replaces Clostridium difficile Toxin EIA
Less than 10 hours
Test not performed on formed stools. Test not performed on patients less than 2 years of age. Only one specimen will be tested within a seven day period.
Screw top clean container or white screw top vial included in stool ParaPak collection kit.
The specimen should be collected directly into the clean container (no preservative) or into a bedpan, avoiding contamination with urine or water. Transfer the feces from the bedpan into a clean screw top container.
Fresh unformed stool
Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, specimen contaminated with urine and/or water, rectal swab, preserved specimen, specimen submitted within the past week, formed stool specimen, child less than two years old, unlabeled or inappropriatedly labeled specimen.
5 ml or 1 gram
Send to the laboratory as soon as possible. Keep at room temperature.
No Clostridium difficile toxin detected.
|LIMITATIONS OF TEST:|
Inhibition of the Assay has been observed in the presence of zinc oxide paste and Vagisil cream.
Real Time PCR
Contact precautions is required for all patients with diarrhea due to Clostridium difficile for the duration of their illness.
|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Clostridium difficile Assay; Clostridium difficile Toxin Test|