Rapid Covid testing results published
April 2020, research staff from NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility were deployed onto the wards at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to start using a new test for a research trial to diagnose COVID-19.
The research trial was called COVIDx, investigating a new test for COVID-19 on delivering faster diagnoses and understanding the development of immunity following infection and evaluating the accuracy of the new SAMBA II-based test and whether it speeds up the diagnosis of COVID-19 in a ‘real-time’ hospital setting at the point of care (POC).
The study results have been published here in Cell Reports Medicine have revealed, as you can imagine, patient placement during the COVID-19 pandemic had been a significant challenge and has had a great impact on the ability to maintain patient flow and safety in the hospital.
Patients who are ‘inappropriately isolated’ is a large drain on staff and resources due to the need for repeated deep cleaning, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) utilisation and the distress and risk to patients from repeated bed moves.