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  •  there is a test we do (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, ebohlman

    called a RVP (respiratory viral panel) with a 24 hour turnaround. it's a nasal swab and picks up 12 common resp. viruses including flu A and flu B.

    Many clinicians feel it doesn't change your treatment, just adds to cost, but I like to know what's out there, especially this time of year.

    Also cuts down on antibiotics if you know it's a virus.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 11:38:00 AM PDT

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