Navigation Links
Point of Care Strep Tests Speed Treatment, Lower Costs


Beta-hemolytic group A streptococcus (S. pyogenes) is the most common bacterial agent associated with upper respiratory tract infections. Although it usually involves mild symptoms (such as headache, fever or abdominal pain) if left untreated streptococcal infection can worsen and become life-threatening. Early diagnosis and treatment of group A streptococcal pharyngitis has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and further complications such as rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis. Given the risks, physicians often rely on a presumptive clinical diagnosis.

The conventional methods used to confirm group A streptococcal infection depend on the isolation and identification of the organism on blood agar plates. These methods usually require 18-24 hours of incubation at 37C. This delay in identifying group A streptococcus has often caused physicians to administer therapy without first knowing the etiological agent. Alternatively, the development of the rapid antigen detection test (RADT) has allowed the identification of group A streptococcal carbohydrate on a throat swab in a matter of minutes.

This prompt, point-of-care test has proven a valuable resource in the office management of patients with pharyngitis. RADT has improved the appropriateness of antibiotic therapy and allowed earlier laboratory, evidence-based treatment of group A -hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis.

Despite the widespread use and broadly demonstrated accuracy of rapid testing, some controversy remains in the clinical community about the need for agar incubation culture as a confirmatory procedure following a positive RADT and prior to the initiation of antibiotic therapy or as a reassay in those instances when RADT results are negative yet clinical findings support a diagnosis of Strep-A infection. In such instances, the perceived need for dual testing can actually increase the overall cost of diagnosis. On balance, however, RADT appears to have accelerate
'"/>




Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine technology :

1. Analyzers Offer Point-of-Care Lipid Panels
2. Hemoglobin Testing at the Point of Care
3. Point of Care Cardiac Analyzers Yield Rapid Cardiac Marker Results
4. New Point-of-Care Methods to Measure Coronary and Cerebrovascular Risk
5. Blood Gas Analysis: The Pros and Cons of Point-Of-Care Testing
6. Dade Behrings (hsCRP) Tests and BNTM Series Analyzers
7. Rapid Flu Tests May Prove Especially Helpful This Season
8. Avian (Bird) Flu: Is There a Role for Rapid Tests?
9. Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tests for Celiac Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Point Care Strep Tests Speed Treatment Lower Costs
(Date:10/20/2014)... VIEW, Calif. , Oct. 20, 2014  PneumRx, ... of interventional pulmonology, today announced completion of enrollment in ... The RENEW Clinical Study is the FDA-approved IDE pivotal ... for severe emphysema. It was anticipated that ... in February 2013, would take until the end of ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... -- Indianapolis interventional medical device maker NICO Corporation ... visualization leader Synaptive Medical announced today ... that they have joined forces to integrate their ... the first of its kind and will make ... BrainPath® interventional access technology and Synaptive,s BrightMatter™ real-time ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 20, 2014  ResMed (NYSE: RMD ... Data Exchange program, a comprehensive suite of software ... and other health care providers. ... critical patient information. It integrates valuable sleep and ... patient management platforms with customers, in-house or third-party ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:PneumRx Completes RENEW Pivotal Trial Enrollment 2PneumRx Completes RENEW Pivotal Trial Enrollment 3Indianapolis' NICO Corporation and Toronto's Synaptive Medical, Inc. Announce First-Ever Intervention-Visualization Partnership with Goal to Improve Standard of Care in Neurosurgery 2Indianapolis' NICO Corporation and Toronto's Synaptive Medical, Inc. Announce First-Ever Intervention-Visualization Partnership with Goal to Improve Standard of Care in Neurosurgery 3Indianapolis' NICO Corporation and Toronto's Synaptive Medical, Inc. Announce First-Ever Intervention-Visualization Partnership with Goal to Improve Standard of Care in Neurosurgery 4Indianapolis' NICO Corporation and Toronto's Synaptive Medical, Inc. Announce First-Ever Intervention-Visualization Partnership with Goal to Improve Standard of Care in Neurosurgery 5ResMed Launches ResMed Data Exchange 2
... March 10 Avineuro Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today an ... potent and selective small molecule antagonist of 5-HT6 receptor ... studies are expected to be available in April 2009. ... plans to advance AVN-211 into Phase II clinical trials ...
... Radiology Treatment Relieves Pain From Herniated Disks; Pain ... With Fewer Complications, Shorter Recovery TimeSAN DIEGO, March ... safely and effectively uses oxygen/ozone to relieve the ... United States in the next few years, predict ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Oh, My Aching Back: Give Me a Shot of Ozone 2Oh, My Aching Back: Give Me a Shot of Ozone 3Oh, My Aching Back: Give Me a Shot of Ozone 4Oh, My Aching Back: Give Me a Shot of Ozone 5
(Date:10/22/2014)... -- Two sisters in high school have developed ways ... Medha Krishen use electronic stethoscopes, which electronically amplify body ... patterns or heartbeats. Ilina, a senior at Port ... a way to detect early lung damage in people ... Ilina recorded one breath cycle each from 16 smokers, ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Maureen Salamon HealthDay ... A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- ... instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new ... contend that the device, called an INVOcell, might sharply cut ... also make the technology more accessible to those who don,t ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... HealthDay Reporter , MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 ... guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, now requiring full ... respirator at all times. The U.S. Centers for Disease ... two Dallas nurses contracted Ebola while caring for the first ... Eric Duncan. Nina Pham is currently being treated for her ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... The newly updated Worldwide Medical Market Forecasts ... facts, figures and forecasts on the global medical markets. ... categories the Worldwide Medical Market Forecasts to 2019 ... on the worldwide medical market to reveal key insights ... data for 2010-2019, covering each country market individually, allowing ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 Allegheny General ... procedure that enables physicians to repair a damaged mitral ... MitraClip system, developed by Abbott Vascular ... a progressive and life-threatening condition in which the heart’s ... to flow backward from the heart’s left ventricle into ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage 2Health News:Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper 2Health News:Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper 3Health News:Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper 4Health News:CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients 2Health News:CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients 3Health News:Worldwide Medical Market Forecasts to 2019 a New Research Report Added to ReportsnReports.com 2Health News:Worldwide Medical Market Forecasts to 2019 a New Research Report Added to ReportsnReports.com 3Health News:Worldwide Medical Market Forecasts to 2019 a New Research Report Added to ReportsnReports.com 4Health News:Allegheny General Hospital Introduces New, Beating-Heart Procedure for Mitral Valve Repair 2Health News:Allegheny General Hospital Introduces New, Beating-Heart Procedure for Mitral Valve Repair 3
... of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggest that drugs may be ... of cancer cells , raising hope for the development of ... many different cancer types. ,During the study, the ... but not missing, in some cancer cells. They found that ...
... has succeeded in drastically reducing anonymous and undocumented gun ... controls to gun shows reveals a study in ... gun shows in California and 20 shows in Arizona, ... major outside sources for guns used in crime in ...
... groups described how they had quickly fallen into a vicious ... stressed which they felt would adversely affect their chances ... more of a chore than a pleasure. ,As ... the women showed how their response fell into one of ...
... songbirds have a distinct right-brain response to the sound of ... ,Researchers at the Methodist Neurological Institute (NI) in Houston ... functional MRI to find out the results. ... future research on songbird models of speech disorders such as ...
... may seem like a good way to beat the ... increase chances of skin cancer . ,"Overexposure during ... It's could cause not just gastroenteritis, but also increase ... of the Indian Cancer Society. ,She said ...
... parts industry, which suffered two recent scams, is now under ... . According to official reports, the billion-dollar industry was examined ... a doubling of FDA inspections. ,From the FDA ... and accordingly, the 153 searches, have uncovered no morbid secrets. ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Drugs may Help Turn on Gene Switched Off in Cancer 2Health News:Tougher Gun Show Controls in California Slash Sales of Weapons Linked to Crime 2Health News:Research Shows How Women Deal With the Stress When Trying for a Baby! 2Health News:Research Shows How Women Deal With the Stress When Trying for a Baby! 3Health News:Bird Song Study Provides Clues to Human Speech Disorders 2Health News:Wearing Shorts, Sleeveless Clothes Could Make You Prone to Skin Cancer 2Health News:Body Parts Industry Of U.S Under Investigation 2
... your patients' electronic medical records ... As a Web-enabled software application, ... up a patient's cardiology and ... hospital intranet. CardioChart displays patient ...
... CardioDoc™ produces patient care reports for ... automated physician reporting and documentation tool, ... diagnostics, images, H&P, labs, medications, and ... completed, signed with an e-signature, and ...
... specific EMR / PM system is ... more effective patient care decisions.,AcerMed's system ... with critical information on a real,time ... Cardiology specific clinical pathways have been ...
...
Medicine Products: