Hospital intervention cuts rapid GAS testing by more than 50%
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An intervention that included educating providers and families on guidelines for group A Streptococcus, or GAS, testing reduced the use of rapid streptococcal tests, or RSTs, by more than half among children aged younger than 3 years presenting to an urban ED, according to researchers.
“Streptococcal pharyngitis is common in the pediatric population; however, in patients aged younger than 3 years, GAS is a rare cause of sore throat, and sequelae - such as acute rheumatic fever - are rare,” Tania Ahluwalia, MD, FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency
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