• Clinical Use

    • RPP test pinpoints the influenza virus, along with a number of other respiratory viruses and pneumonia causing bacteria, so that physicians can render treatment swiftly and accurately; possibly reducing the severity and duration of infection.

    • Treatment protocols for bacterial pathogens and viral pathogens are vastly different – identifying the pathogen is key to proper and effective treatment.

    • Molecular testing is far superior to screen testing traditionally used in physicians’ offices.

     

  • Why Choose AmeriHealth?

    The AmeriHealth Solution

    • Conventional culture and sensitivity testing (which is the standard) can take from a few days to a week to get results.

    • The limits on molecular testing are far superior to conventional screen methods – they utilize PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology, allowing small quantities of nucleic acid to be amplified into detectable levels.

    • RPP test is a multiplex assay differentiating 1 strains of respiratory viruses, and species of bacteria responsible for atypical, community-acquired pneumonias

    • Patient populations benefit from this test by precise detection and treatment protocols based on their infection state.

    • Certain communities – hospitals, schools, large companies, long-term care facilities – can utilize the test’s multiplex capabilities to implement the proper quarantine procedures for patients infected with highly transmissible diseases and provide timely treatment to contain and cure infected individuals.

    • Typical influenza symptoms: dry or productive cough, runny nose, lethargy, abnormal sputum, fever, body aches

    • A patient may be asymptomatic yet growing the infection and keeping it at bay, until they weaken and ultimately become sick.

    • Due to the inherent faults in screen tests, negative and positive flu screens alike should be verified and differentiated by molecular testing.

    Screen Testing Challenges

    • requires a large input of virus/bacteria to work effectively

    • is highly dependent on proper specimen collection and preparation

    • is accurate 89-100% of the time when the patient has a high viral infection, but

      fails 40-69% of the time when the patient’s viral infection is below the

      established sensitivity of the screen

    • is fraught with false positives and false negatives

    • doesn’t differentiate which species of flu the patient has

  • References

    1. Latham-Sadler BA, Morell VW. Viral and atypical pneumonias. Prim Care. 1996;23:837-848.

    2. Janssens J-P. Pneumonia in the elderly (geriatric) population. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2005;11:226-230.

    3. Whimbey E, Englund JA, Couch RB. Community respiratory virus infections in immunocompromised patients with cancer. Am J Med. 1997;102:10-18.

    4. Ison MG, Hayden FG. Viral infections in immunocompromised patients: what’s new with respiratory viruses? Curr Opin Inf Dis. 2002;15:355-367.

    5. Roghmann M, Ball K, Erdman D et al. Active surveillance for respiratory virus infections in adults who have undergone bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation. 2003;32:1085-1088.

    6. Dykewicz CA, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections among hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: focus on community respiratory virus infections. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2001;7 Suppl:19s-22s.

    7. Henrickson KJ. Advances in the laboratory diagnosis of viral respiratory disease. Ped Inf Dis J. 2004;23:s6-s10.

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