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|Title:||Point-of-care tests for lower respiratory tract infections.|
|Authors:||Charles, Patrick G P;Grayson, M Lindsay|
|Affiliation:||Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia|
|Citation:||Medical Journal of Australia; 187(1): 36-9|
|Abstract:||Many lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are caused by organisms that do not require antibiotics or could be safely treated with narrow-spectrum antibiotics. Reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics, particularly broad-spectrum agents, could reduce costs and side effects and delay the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms. Various point-of-care tests are becoming available to help clinicians identify the cause of LRTIs at the time of consultation. Point-of-care tests can be used to diagnose influenza, pneumococcal infections, Legionella and respiratory syncytial virus infections, thus allowing early decisions to be made on appropriate management.|
|Internal ID Number:||17605701|
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections.diagnosis
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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