Point of Care Testing: Diagnosis Outside the Virology Laboratory

  • Christopher C. Blyth
  • Robert Booy
  • Dominic E. Dwyer
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 665)


Numerous point-of-care tests (POCTs) are available to diagnose viral infections in both hospital and community settings. The ideal POCT is rapid, sensitive, specific, and simple to perform. This chapter will describe the benefits of POCTs, factors that can influence the accuracy of POCTs and highlight some limitations of POCT strategies. The sensitivity, specificity, and turn-around time of available POCTs are included for common conditions including respiratory viral infections (e.g. influenza, RSV) and blood-borne viral infections (e.g. HIV).

Key words

Point-of-care test Influenza Respiratory Syncytial Virus HIV 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher C. Blyth
    • 1
  • Robert Booy
    • 2
  • Dominic E. Dwyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory ServicesWestmead HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.National Centre of Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable DiseaseThe Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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