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  Clostridium difficile Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as C.difficile Culture, C. diff. Culture, Culture for C. difficile



Specimen requirements: Denture Container for Fecal Samples
  or: Sterile Specimen Container
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: Fecal sample the size of a TBSP or 5 mL if liquid.
Absolute minimum amount: 1/2 of the ideal amount
Method of collection: Random - maximum of 1 stool/day.
Transportation: Submit fresh within 2 hours. If delayed it is acceptable to refrigerate (if this is the only test).
Label instructions: All containers must be labeled with patient name and medical record number.
Request test on form: Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )
Order/entry screen(s): Microbiology/Virology
Stat frequency: N/A
Stat turn around time: N/A
Routine frequency: Daily
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 4 days for final negative report
For Hillcrest deliver to: Microbiology : Room 2-105
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: N/A
Special Instructions: Instruct patient to defecate into a clean dry bedpan without mineral oil. Remove a portion of the specimen with a tongue blade and place in the specimen container. The assay to detect C. difficile toxin will be performed by the Virology lab on each fecal sample submitted for C. diff. culture.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
  Results are Qualitative
CyberLAB abbreviation: CDCLT
CyberLAB code: 4213
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A