Rapid respiratory pathogen testing in pediatric ED does not reduce antibiotic use

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Sumary of Rapid respiratory pathogen testing in pediatric ED does not reduce antibiotic use:

  • The use of rapid respiratory pathogen testing for influenza-like illness in a pediatric ED did not reduce antibiotic prescribing, according to findings from a randomized clinical trial that were reported in JAMA Network Open..
  • They excluded children if they had experienced respiratory symptoms for more than 14 days and were seen in nurse-only visits..
  • The most commonly detected pathogens were enterovirus/rhinovirus (n = 295), influenza (n = 180), respiratory syncytial virus (n = 162) and adenovirus (n = 115)….

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