Rapid influenza diagnostic tests increased antiviral use | Pediatrics

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Pediatrics | Rapid influenza diagnostic tests both decreased antibiotic prescriptions and increased antiviral use, according to study results published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Alcibíades Batista González‘s insight:

"While physicians can accurately diagnose influenza without testing, our results suggest that using an influenza test increases diagnostic certainty and leads to the physician providing more specific and appropriate care," Blaschke told Infectious Diseases in Children. "These data support the routine use of viral testing (including influenza and other respiratory viruses) for patients presenting to the emergency department with respiratory illness and suggest a role for physicians in advocating for faster and more accurate testing for infectious pathogens available at the bedside."

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