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Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) by PCR

Test Name:Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) by PCR
Epic Order Code:LAB5556  
CPT Code:87493  
Specimen(s) Type:Stool  
Acceptable Container(s):Sterile container
Testing Schedule:Test performed daily
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
 Routine: 2 hours  
Collection Information:See specific specimen type in Serology/Virology Collection Information by Source. Only liquid or soft (formed to the shape of the container) samples will be accepted.
Transport Information:Deliver to laboratory immediately. All samples must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab immediately, store and transport the specimen at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in lab within 5 days.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport, formed stool, a mixture of stool and urine, rectal swabs, colonoscope fluid, and specimens from children under the age of two.
Reference Range:Negative for C. Difficile
Additional Information:Due to PCR high sensitivity and specificity there is no need for testing of multiple specimens. Only one specimen per 7-day period will be accepted.
Add C. Diff specimens submitted 3 days after admission of inpatients will be reviewed by the C. Diff Review Team/Infection Prevention for compliance.