Clostridium Difficile (C. diff)

  • PCR testing is used throughout BayCare. It has very high sensitivity and specificity that can potentially detect colonization in the absence of active disease. 
  • Only patients with unexplained diarrhea (unrelated to laxatives, to other medications or to any known medical conditions) should be tested.
  • Test patients for C. diff only if three or more diarrhea stools in 24 hours or there is other clinical evidence of pseudomembranous colitis or other C. diff related conditions.
  • Patients positive for C. diff remain in contact precautions for the duration of their hospital stay. Retesting for cure or for response to therapy is not recommended.

Clostridium Difficile (C. diff)