Improvement in turnaround time for rapid respiratory virus testing using Xpert® Flu/RSV: a retrospective cohort study during a high incidence influenza season.

Affiliation

Microbiology Unit, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Seasonal influenza like illness results in increased hospital presentations and unnecessary antibiotic use. Recent availability of rapid respiratory virus PCR testing allows rapid, accurate influenza diagnosis. A retrospective audit of turnaround time from sample collection to result availability after introduction of Xpert® Flu/RSV in a tertiary healthcare institution during a high incidence influenza season is described.

Keywords

Influenza,Molecular Diagnostics,Respiratory Virus,

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