Rapid testing for respiratory viruses: Impact on antibiotic use and time to patient discharge.

Affiliation

Microbiology Department, Gold Coast University Hospital, 1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport, QLD, 4215, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Influenza-like illness is often caused by respiratory viral infections, and is a frequent cause of presentation to hospital. Rapid diagnostics for respiratory viruses, with turnaround times of less than sixty minutes, are increasingly available. Early physician knowledge of positive respiratory virus tests has previously been shown to impact patient care in a paediatric population but hasn't been evaluated in adults.

Keywords

Anti-microbial stewardship,Diagnostics,Influenza,Influenza-like illness,Respiratory viruses,

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