Rapid Diagnostics for Upper Respiratory Infections in the Emergency Department

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"Can BioFire FilmArray decrease the number of patients who receive unnecessary antibiotics to treat their respiratory infection?"
1 to 100 years old
Device study
The BioFire FilmArray is a new test that can detect different kinds of viruses and bacteria in people with respiratory infections. The study will find out if test results can decrease the number of patients who receive unnecessary antibiotics to treat their respiratory infection
This study requires

If you consent to participating in this research, you will be randomly selected to receive one of two treatment options: standard of care (a treatment plan that the majority of the medical community would accept as appropriate) and the new test, or standard of care by itself.

The treatment option you get will be chosen by chance, like flipping a coin. Neither you nor the study doctor will choose what treatment you get. You will have an equal chance of getting the new test or not. If you are one of the patients randomly selected to receive the new test, you will have a cotton swab collected from your nose. The doctor or nurse will insert the swab about 3 inches into your nose to collect the specimen properly. The swab sample will be tested on the BioFire FilmArray Respiratory device and results will be reported to your physician in the ED within 2 hours. The test will be performed once and will be ordered shortly after you sign this document. Treating Physicians will to use the test result to help determine your best treatment.

If you are randomly selected for the second group, you will not be tested by the BioFire FilmArray Respiratory device and you will receive standard of care as ordered by your treating physician.

Who can participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  • University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Emergency Department patients evaluated for influenza like illness and/or upper respiratory infection by an ED physician who consent and agree to have a nasopharyngeal swab collected for the study

  • English speaking or Spanish speaking patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Neonates

  • Prisoners

  • Employees of UC Davis/Students of the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator

  • Non-English, non-Spanish speaking patients

Study duration and period
While in Emergency department
Recruitment period
From June 13, 2016
UC Davis Emergency Department
4150 V Street
Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95817
Nicole Ocampo
Research Topic
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Influenza, Human
  • Common Cold

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