We are fortunate that for the most part, our local children’s hospital has been able to keep up with COVID testing needs with a reasonable turn around time. Assuming this may not continue to be the case.
Our office is a strong believer that PCR is the way to go as long as it is available. Too many problems with false positive or false negative with rapid antigen test, even problems with the rapid 15 minute molecular test. It is such an important diagnostic test result and affects so many people around the patient who is getting the test done.
Current protocol is sending patients to testing site run by our children’s hospital, they have to schedule after we put the orders in their system. It is drive by tent with scheduled appointments.
If they are unable to keep up getting patients scheduled in timely manner, we will start swabbing patients in office and sending the specimens to them. For now it has been timely and it has kept our staff more safe (at least perceived more safe, debatable). Still waiting for that perfect test that we can run ourselves in the office and result ourselves.
So question for those doing swabs in house: (granted we will be looking at strep, flu, and covid as same need for same PPE policy and procedure)
Do you have a designated testing room (we do not have a negative pressure room)?
Do you test in whatever exam room the patient was roomed into?
Do you test outside of your office in the parking lot/tent? Winter is coming and this may become more difficult.
Each testing location has it’s pros and cons, and each of our providers has their own preference, so looking for any feedback and thoughts.
Thanks and excited to see 2 vaccines are on track to turn this thing around.