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Study: Rapid influenza test in ED can lead to better care


When patients in the ED are diagnosed with influenza by means of a rapid test, they get fewer unnecessary antibiotics, are prescribed antiviral medications more frequently and have fewer additional lab tests compared with patients diagnosed with influenza without testing, according to a study. Published Nov. 13 on the website of the Journal of the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society, the findings suggest diagnosing influenza with a rapid diagnostic test leads to more appropriate, specific and efficient care. more

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