Rapid Blood Tests Can Help Better Diagnosis Children
UPI reports that general practitioners may be able to significantly reduce the number of infections in children by conducting simple blood tests. Scientists from the University of Oxford and the University of Leuven in Belgium conducted a study with the goal of improving the accuracy of diagnostics for sick children in primary care. They say such improvements can reduce the number of hospital visits and alleviate the strain placed on healthcare workers. In a randomized trial involving 78 general practices and 3,100 unwell children in Belgium, the rapid point-of-care blood test for the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein was able to rule out the likelihood of a serious infection for 40 percent of the children. Researchers say the standard tests would have sent 57 children to the hospital, where just one would be found to have a serious infection, and adding the CRP test would reduce those referrals to 35. The procedure takes only four minutes.
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