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]
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.