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Rapid influenza testing of febrile children in the emergency department

Report by: Imran Zakria, StR 3 Emergency Medicine

Search checked by: Jim Crawfurd, Consultant Emergency Medicine

Institution: James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth, UK

A shortcut review was carried out to establish whether rapid influenza testing of febrile children in the ED would alter their subsequent management. Seven studies were relevant to the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. The clinical bottom line is that rapid influenza testing of febrile children may improve the efficiency with which they are managed in the ED.

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In [febrile children presenting to the ED] does [rapid testing for Influenza virus] alter [subsequent management]?

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