Diagnostic accuracy and cost analysis of the Alere™ i Influenza A&B near-patient test using throat swabs.

@article{Davis2017DiagnosticAA,
  title={Diagnostic accuracy and cost analysis of the Alere™ i Influenza A&B near-patient test using throat swabs.},
  author={Steve Davis and Andrew J Allen and Rebecca A. O'Leary and M. Power and D. Ashley Price and A John Simpson and Anne J Tunbridge and Luke D. Vale and M. B. Whiteside and Cariad M Evans and M. Raza},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  year={2017},
  volume={97 3},
  pages={
          301-309
        }
}
BACKGROUND Clinical diagnostic sensitivity alone is inadequate in the diagnosis of influenza. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is sensitive but the inherent delays in result availability potentially prolong time to isolation and treatment. Until recently no near-patient test (NPT) has demonstrated adequate sensitivity for routine clinical use. AIM To evaluate diagnostic accuracy, time to result availability, clinical impact, and cost consequences of Alere™ i Influenza A&B NPT (Alere… CONTINUE READING
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