Faeces for Clostridium difficile toxin

Microbiology

Notes

Clostridium difficile toxin assay running on DS2 analyser

Sample requirements

Stool container with spoon

Do not contaminate with urine

For liquid stools do not fill pot more than half full

Stool container with spoon

Required information

  • Underlying bowel disease
  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy covering the previous 4 weeks
  • Known recent hospitalisation

Storage/transport

Transport without delay

Turnaround time

Within 24 hours of receipt

Positive results are routinely communicated by the Infection Control Team or a Consultant Microbiologist


Page last reviewed: 06/02/2015