RAPID COVID-19 TESTING
At a time when laboratories are backlogged with COVID tests, causing patients to potentially wait several days to get a result, Atrium Medical is now offering a FDA-approved nasal swab which produces a positive or negative test result in just 15 minutes.
What Can I Expect From A Rapid COVID Test?
The rapid COVID test is administered at the point of care by throat or nasal swab by a medical assistant or primary care provider. The rapid antigen test can return results showing whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19 in just 15 minutes, as opposed to the 4-5 business days estimated wait for most nasal swab tests at most commercial labs at this time.
What Test or Protocol Do We Use for the Rapid COVID-19 Test?
The BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 is a chromatographic digital immunoassay intended for the direct and qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid antigens in nasal swabs from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first five days of the onset of symptoms. Check out the FDA’s website here [link: https://www.fda.gov/
What Can I Learn From A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test?
The rapid COVID test only reveals whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present in your body. It does not test whether you have previously been infected by COVID-19.
Do You Offer Other COVID-Related Testing?
Besides the rapid covid test, we also currently offer nasal swab testing via commercial labs, as well as antibody testing to determine whether you have been infected with the coronavirus in the past. We have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come into our offices for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing. Click here [link: https://www.