Journal article

Multi-site assessment of rapid, point-of-care antigen testing for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a low-prevalence setting: A validation and implementation study

Stephen Muhi, Nick Tayler, Tuyet Hoang, Susan A Ballard, Maryza Graham, Amanda Rojek, Jason C Kwong, Jason A Trubiano, Olivia Smibert, George Drewett, Fiona James, Emma Gardiner, Socheata Chea, Nicole Isles, Michelle Sait, Shivani Pasricha, George Taiaroa, Julie McAuley, Eloise Williams, Katherine B Gibney Show all

LANCET REGIONAL HEALTH-WESTERN PACIFIC | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: In Australia, COVID-19 diagnosis relies on RT-PCR testing which is relatively costly and time-consuming. To date, few studies have assessed the performance and implementation of rapid antigen-based SARS-CoV-2 testing in a setting with a low prevalence of COVID-19 infections, such as Australia. Methods: This study recruited participants presenting for COVID-19 testing at three Melbourne metropolitan hospitals during a period of low COVID-19 prevalence. The Abbott PanBioTM COVID-19 Ag point-of-care test was performed alongside RT-PCR. In addition, participants with COVID-19 notified to the Victorian Government were invited to provide additional swabs to aid validation. Implementati..

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