Respiratory infection symptoms can be misleading, and can result in misdiagnosis, unnecessary tests, overuse of antimicrobials, and the continued spread of an infection throughout the community. When you need to diagnose a respiratory infection, you shouldn’t have to choose between speed and accuracy. With the help of rapid respiratory testing solutions from Abbott, practitioners can quickly and accurately determine whether respiratory infections are self-limiting or require therapy. That can contribute to better treatment strategies, improved patient outcomes, and lower costs.
Respiratory infections pose a two-pronged threat to human health. Failure to treat patients quickly and appropriately could result in outbreaks and epidemics, while overuse of antibiotics can spur the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant infections.1, 2 Abbott's best-in-class respiratory products can help practitioners define appropriate treatment strategies fast, thus facilitating:
ID NOW™, formerly Alere™ i Influenza A&B is the world’s first-ever CLIA-waived molecular, point-of-care test.3
Rely on the market leader in rapid respiratory diagnostics
We’re the world’s #1 maker of point-of-care (POC) infectious disease tests,4 offering an unmatched range of rapid respiratory point-of-care testing options. Our high-performance solutions help clinicians identify pathogens immediately and accurately, so they can determine appropriate treatment strategies sooner.
Bringing next-generation molecular technology to the point of care
Detecting the molecular signature (i.e., DNA) of a harmful organism at the point of care is fast becoming the most accurate and rapid way to identify infectious diseases, so that healthcare professionals can quickly initiate the correct course of therapy. However, most molecular tests rely on lab-based thermo cycling, which can slow time to treatment.
That’s why Abbott created the ideal molecular platform for POC. ID NOW™ combines the benefits of speed and accuracy. You no longer need to compromise when testing your patients and making clinical decisions. A rapid molecular result with ID NOW™ means no longer having to choose. It provides accurate results in just minutes, so you can make immediate, appropriate clinical decisions.
Increasing effectiveness and efficiency through specificity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most frequent illness-related reason for doctor’s office visits is a cough.5 Such a common complaint can make patient management extremely complex. For example, the symptoms of influenza overlap with those of many other viral upper respiratory tract infections — so patients are often treated without a formal diagnosis. That can lead to a host of problems, including inappropriate prescriptions, needless tests, and inefficient bed management.
A specific diagnosis allows clinicians to avoid subjecting their patients to unnecessary tests, shortening hospital stays, and enables prompt initiation of appropriate supportive care.6, 7
Prompt diagnosis is key to preventing cross-infection and outbreaks
Clinicians often have to make immediate treatment decisions based only on signs and symptoms due to poor access to sensitive, rapid diagnostic tests and long turnaround times for laboratory PCR results. If a contagious respiratory infection isn’t diagnosed in time, the health consequences can be dire for a community.
That’s why Abbott's respiratory solutions are designed to enable immediate diagnosis, right at the point of care. Our tests help you make real-time decisions on infection control and patient cohorting. So you can help reduce the risk of further infection of patients, medical staff, and others in the community.8, 9
Make targeted treatment decisions earlier with POC testing
Over-prescription of antibiotics has led to a global health crisis. Microbes are developing immunity to medications previously used to kill them. As a result, a growing number of infections are becoming harder to treat.
Rapid diagnostic tests are increasingly seen as vital to reducing antibiotic over-use.10 Abbott is leading the way. Our breakthrough, best-in-class rapid diagnostics help practitioners quickly determine which respiratory tract infections (RTIs) require treatment, and which ones are self-limiting. By identifying pathogens at the point of care, you can make targeted treatment decisions sooner — reducing inappropriate antimicrobial use and the spread of resistance.
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