top of page

Clostridium botulinum Investigation

Ordering Info & Methodology

Test Code

Cerner Synonyms


Botulism Investigation, Botulism, clostridium, botulinum, food, poisoning

Turn Around Time


Ordering Guide

Specimen Requirements

Sample Type

Collection Container

Alternate Collection Containers

Serum and stool

For serum, submit 4 Red Top Tubes. For stool, use Enteric Pathogen Transport container

Other (Vomitus, food) may be submitted in C&S Container

Serum 15 mL; Stool Minimum 100 g

Add on stability
This is the length of time after sample collection that this analyte is stable. Test can be added to a previously collected sample if the time since collection is less than the add on stability time.

Minimum Volume

Add On Stability

Collection and Shipping Requirements

Reference Intervals

Female Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval

Male Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval
Additional Notes

[object Object]

Measurement Uncertainty (MU)
Every laboratory value is an estimate of the true concentration of substance. MU is the 95% confidence interval around that estimate. 95% of the time, the true concentration will be within the range of the reported value ±MU. This value is based on analytical variability (precision) and does not reflect other factors such as sample collection and handling which may also affect the result.


Reported sodium = 140 mmol/L
Sodium MU = 1%
Expanded uncertainty = 140 mmol/L ± 1% or 140mmol/L ± 1.4 mmol/L
Interpretation - the true value of sodium in the sample is in the range 138.6-141.4 mmol/L, with 95% confidence.

Measurement Uncertainty

Contact the PHC on-call Medical Microbiologist through the hospital switchboard.

Collect the blood BEFORE any antitoxin is administered.

Include information about the patient’s food, history, and symptoms.

The test is referred out (require BC CDC Food Poisoning Investigation Part A requisition)

bottom of page