Rapid Flu, anyone implimenting it?

We have had some pressure to implement Rapid Flu testing since last year was so crazy. We have seen the Alere and the Roche systems and now are being urged to use the Cepheid.

Anyone have experience with any of them?


Thanks in advance!

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We are in the same boat, and those 3 analyzers are the leading contendersJ

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I haven't used any of those but we use the BD Veritor system in our clinical lab and clinics and it works great. No more guessing on the ones that have a barely visible line that appears at the end of the incubation. Not sure if it is comparable in price though.

We implemented the Roche Liat last year. It has been a great system. Quick, easy, accurate. I am not thrilled with the only option for RSV testing being a combo Flu A/B and RSV, but on the same hand, it is nice not having to run 2 assays. We have not set this testing up as POC though. It is housed in our Micro lab.

I have heard good things about both Alere I and Cepheid.  I am trying to push for our hospital to get one of the machines. 

We use Sofias for rapid flu/rsv/ and strep.

I just implemented the Sofia 2 in 26 clinics.


What RSV and Flu analyzer would you recommend that is easy to use and not too expensive?  Looking at implementing in the ED and Pediatric clinic.



We are putting the quidell Sophia in our urgent cares

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