Faeces for C. difficile toxin

Description: 
The detection of the presence of Clostridium difficile (C.difficle) and associated toxin from faecal samples that complies with defined selection criteria according to government guidelines.
Alere Clostridium difficile Quik chek complete - A rapid cassette assay that detects both glutaeraldehyde dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxins A & B of C.difficile.
Clinical details: 
Diarrhoea, pseudomembraneous colitis
Sample type and Volume required: 
Diarrhoeal stool according to the Bristol stool chart type 6-7 will be considered for testing.
Bristol stool chart types of 1-5 will not be tested.
Call in advance: 
Discuss with infection control team if stool samples from diarrhoeal patients require testing for Clostridium difficile toxin.
Turnaround time: 
1-2 days
Special sample instructions: 

C.difficile toxin tests are NOT tested if the following criteria apply:
Sample is not liquid
The patient has tested negative within the previous 7 days or positive for C.difficile toxin within the past 28 days.

Storage and transport: 
Stool samples must be sent to the laboratory when collected.
Contacts:
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015