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Title: Point-of-care tests for lower respiratory tract infections.
Austin Authors: Charles, Patrick G P ;Grayson, M Lindsay 
Affiliation: Infectious Diseases
Issue Date: 2-Jul-2007
Publication information: 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.
Journal: Medical Journal of Australia
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Humans
Influenza, Human.diagnosis
Pneumococcal Infections.diagnosis
Point-of-Care Systems
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections.diagnosis
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