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

    Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2019 Jul 26:114869. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2019.114869. [Epub ahead of print]
    Improvement in turnaround time for rapid respiratory virus testing using Xpert® Flu/RSV: a retrospective cohort study during a high incidence influenza season.

    Williams E1, Dennison A2, Jenney AW3, Spelman DW3.
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    1 Microbiology Unit, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Electronic address: eloise.williams@austin.org.au. 2 Microbiology Unit, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 3 Microbiology Unit, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

    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.
    Crown Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    KEYWORDS:

    Influenza; Molecular Diagnostics; Respiratory Virus

    PMID: 31473035 DOI: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2019.114869
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