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Near-patient testing for RSV in the emergency department
  1. Thomas F Beattie1,
  2. Kate Templeton2,
  3. Kirsty Mclellan2
  1. 1Department of Emergency medicine, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas F Beattie, Emergency Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH4 3JU, UK; tombeattie67{at}gmail.com

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We note the paper on near-patient testing (NPT) for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in cases of bronchiolitis by Walsh et al1 It is an interesting paper, but we suggest it fails to acknowledge one of the main uses of this particular test methodology. The test analysed also has a poorer performance than the one we use.

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory disease in early childhood and infancy. The diagnosis is a clinical one and should never rely on a diagnostic …

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