Respiratory tract infection is one of the most frequent and fatal infections in the geriatric population. Long-term Care Facilities (LTCF) residents are prone to infection because of the decrease in their immunity, their impaired cognitive function, frailty, congregated setting, the kinds of medication taken, and the presence of many underlying factors like diabetes or kidney disease.
In addition, the majority of these patients usually have atypical presentations of respiratory infection causing under-diagnosing and increased spreading of the infection, which makes then the identification of the infected patient the most important factor for the prevention of transmission of the virus/bacteria to then initiate treatment when necessary.
The respiratory symptoms are usually non-specific to the agent causing the infection; recent studies have reported higher rates of co-infection between SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory pathogens than previously reported. In some cases, as many as 20% of COVID-19 patients have coinfections with another respiratory virus. For more info visit our COVID-19 hub.
Because respiratory symptoms are similar and overlapping, a syndromic panel can provide fast, comprehensive answers and take the guesswork out of choosing which pathogens to test for.
Our respiratory panel #MPR2: Respiratory Profile 2-IVD + SARS PCR, using the Biofire FilmArray, provides comprehensive testing for 22 targets: 4 bacteria and 18 viruses including SAR-CoV-2.