New ‘rapid’ flu testing could lead to better care for patients
If you think you have the flu, new research shows a certain test for the virus could lead to better care.
According to a new study, using rapid testing to diagnose the flu provides more conclusive results.
The study found patients diagnosed without rapid testing were twice as likely to get a prescription for antibiotics, which do not help treat influenza.
The patients also endured more unnecessary lab tests like chest x-rays and blood tests.
On the flip side, patients diagnosed with rapid testing were three times more likely to get antiviral drugs which can help shorten and lessen flu symptoms.