‘It’s not what we need’: 30% of nursing facilities haven’t used federal-supplied COVID-19 rapid testing equipment

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Some states consisting of Massachusetts and North Dakota arent recognizing fast antigen tests as valid or are dissuading their usage, causing confusion and extra work for retirement home. Because fast tests are more vulnerable to supplying incorrect negative or positive results, public health officials recommend lab-based follow-up screening, so utilizing the quick tests “seemed like a waste of effort,” Sandy Gerving, the administrator of Marian Manor Healthcare Center in Glen Ullin, N.D., told WSJ..

Out of 13,150 centers that received quick testing equipment, about 30 percent stated they had not used it at all for at least 2 weeks after it arrived, according to CMS survey data launched Oct. 25. About 41 percent of assisted living home where local outbreaks require federal testing once a week stated they havent used the devices in the most current week, according to WSJ. About 4,900 facilities that didnt utilize the equipment were waiting a day or more for laboratory outcomes..

” Its not what we require,” Barbara Klick, Registered Nurse, CEO of Minnesota-based Sholom Community Alliance, informed WSJ. “Its too unreliable.” Instead, the company utilizes a lab to check about 500 employee per week at two of its centers. The quick devices likewise takes up excessive staff time, Ms. Klick said..

Out of 13,150 centers that got quick testing equipment, about 30 percent stated they hadnt utilized it at all for at least two weeks after it showed up, according to CMS survey information launched Oct. 25. About 41 percent of nursing homes where regional break outs require federal testing once a week stated they havent used the equipment in the most current week, according to WSJ. Instead, the company utilizes a lab to test about 500 personnel members per week at two of its centers.

Federally supplied rapid tests are made by Becton Dickinson, Quidel and Abbott, and regardless of the findings, an HHS representative informed WSJ nursing houses have bought an extra 4.5 million tests..

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The federal government undertook a $116 million initiative to provide the countrys nursing houses with quick COVID-19 tests, but mentioning concerns of error and inconsistencies in between state and federal standards, industry professionals say its not what they require, reports The Wall Street Journal..

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