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This is a discussion on Hospital approach to influenza in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... I asked these questions in the Pandemic/Flu forum but got no response. What is your acute care...by Altra Guide Jan 18I asked these questions in the Pandemic/Flu forum but got no response. What is your acute care hospital's approach to flu testing?
Swab all admitted patients?
All ED patients too?
Only those that are febrile?
Above what temperature?
Do you isolate swabbed patients until result?
Do you have a rapid or point-of-care flu test?
Does negative rapid/point-of-care result mean the discontinuation of isolation?
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- Jan 19 by TX.RN.ShannonCurrently, our hospital only swabs those symptomatic or exposed to someone that has tested positive. The only exception has been at a residential facility in our town---all residents on Tamiflu and all that come to ER are tested.
We have a 15 minute "rapid flu" test for type A & B; there is also a send-out panel that takes 3-5 days for results. We have had a few patients that have had negative rapid results but positive on the send-outs.
All patients that test positive anytime during hospitalization are placed in contact/droplet. There is no policy for retesting after treatment or for discontinuing isolation.
- Jan 20 by AnonRNCI don't know the answer to most of your questions (I work NICU), except this one: if a patient is symptomatic, isolation continues regardless of test results.