Study: Faster flu screening leads to more appropriate care

11/14/2013 | Healio (free registration)

Patients in the emergency department who are diagnosed with rapid influenza tests receive fewer unnecessary antibiotics, are prescribed antiviral medications more frequently and have fewer lab tests compared with those diagnosed without testing, according to a study in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. "While other studies have shown that 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," lead researcher Dr. Anne J. Blaschke said.

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