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Printed Date: 9/22/2015
To avoid the overuse of antibiotics and the potential risk of antibiotic resistance, point of care providers should test patients prior to prescribing treatment for a bacterial or influenza infection. The following summary provides a list of the main available types of diagnostics tests:
Rapid Antigen Tests:
Targeted Molecular Methods:
During flu season and following preliminary patient examination and assessment of risk factors, providers should consider a targeted diagnostic evaluation to rule out influenza before ordering a larger respiratory virus panel, particularly if there is a high likelihood that the patient has flu (or RSV).
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Last Updated: 02/13/2018
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