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by DR. CORY S. FAWCETT

Most everyone is familiar with A. A. Milne’s characters from The House on Pooh Corner. Eeyore is always down and depressed, moves and talks very slowly, thinks everything is bad and getting worse, and drags everyone down with him. Tigger, on the other hand, is always the life of the party, he is constantly smiling, moving and talking rapidly, dancing and jumping and bringing everyone’s attitude up a notch. Tigger is fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. If you asked each of your office staff which one of these two characters best describes you, what would they say? Is that the answer you want to hear?

If you’re like many physicians and Point of Care (POC) laboratories, you may be dealing with suboptimal performance from some of your current diagnostic methods. For example, conventional Rapid Influenza Diagnostics Tests (RIDTs) vary in terms of sensitivity and specificity when compared with viral culture or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Product insert information and research publications indicate that in general, RIDTs sensitivities are approximately 50-70%.