There are many respiratory pathogens—viral and bacterial—commonly encountered in a clinical setting and many of these pathogens present with similar symptoms. Patients with flu-like symptoms are sometimes sent home without treatment or are treated with incorrect medications. Early and accurate detection of respiratory viruses is critical to improving patient outcomes and preventing the spread of disease.
respiratory bacterial pathogen
The Respiratory panel tests for a comprehensive set of 20 upper respiratory, viral and bacterial pathogens, many of which present with nearly indistinguishable symptoms. The rapid and accurate identification of the causative agent assists the healthcare provider in selecting the most efficacious treatment for an upper respiratory tract infection.
All-in-one test in one sample within 24 hours compared to separate tests in 3-5 days for cultures
Simple nasopharyngeal swab for respiratory sample
Covered by Medicare Part B
Patients at High Risk
Children and Age 65+
Renal, hematologic, neurological diseases
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that viral infections are a major cause of hospitalizations in young children and the elderly, and represent the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
From influenza alone, each year, over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and 36,000 of them die from their infection.
A New England Journal of Medicine study of children with influenza showed that only 28% of hospitalized and 17% of outpatient children were accurately diagnosed by their physician, echoing the need for rapid influenza testing.
Parainfluenza Virus 1
Parainfluenza Virus 2
Parainfluenza Virus 3
Parainfluenza Virus 4
Respiratory Syncytial Virus