C difficile testing

Kathryn S. Black ksblack at detroit.freenet.org
Mon Feb 6 19:07:52 EST 1995


I am looking for recommendations concerning C difficile testing.
In our 300-bed community hospital, we perform the Vidas EIA method.
We also offer C difficile cultures on a send-out basis for those
physicians who request it.  (Our reference lab also offers cell culture 
assay, but we get few requests for it.)  A consulting firm has recommended
that, in the interest of cost-cutting, we discontinue offering the 
C difficile culture because the EIA method alone is sufficient.  I'm
interested in finding out what other institutions are doing.  Any
responses would be appreciated.
-- 
Kate Black
ksblack at detroit.freenet.org
rcblack at oeonline.com
73241.53 at compuserve.com



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