Special Hospital Sv. Katarina was the first in Croatia to make it possible on the market quick test to test on Covid19, which gives results for 15 to 30 minutes.
The SARS-CoV-2 antigen test is an extremely valuable diagnostic test with high specificity (99.68%) and enters the family of tests that are performed in direct contact with the patient and for which results are obtained shortly after testing (Point of care tests). ).
What is crucial and game changer, especially for the entire tourism sector, is that test results are obtained within 15 to 30 minutes.
Jadranka Primorac, St. Catherine's Special Hospital: Rapid testing was done with the aim of relieving the entire health system
Due to the high pressure on the entire health system, rapid testing that gives results in 30 minutes or less, depending on the amount of simultaneous tests and the number of professional staff, will certainly improve the overall situation and the pressure on health facilities.
"Rapid testing has also been done for this purpose, for emergency diagnosis and triage to relieve the entire health system, it is also suitable for people who have been in contact with an infected person or have clinical symptoms. It is a test by the pharmaceutical company Roche that put the test on the market at the end of 9 months", He points out Jadranka Primorac, dipl. oec., member of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina adds that testing is also good for quickly testing tourists right at airports.
Price testing is 350 kuna, and Primorac adds that rapid testing for Covid19 is done at their place in the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina in Zagreb, in a separate unit, in accordance with all security protocols.
"We are also given access to the National Database so that in case of a positive test, we can enter all positive people on SARS-CoV-2 in the database”Emphasizes Jadranka Primorac.
When we talk about the tourism sector, fast testing is certainly suitable for zračne luke, as well as for everyone passengers who want to be tested quickly and have a negative test, which is an obligation to enter most countries.
The St. Catherine's Polyclinic points out that the prices of the tests are 350 kuna, and for all inquiries about the tests you can contact them. HERE
By the way, this is a product of the pharmaceutical company Roche, The Elecsys® SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test, which according to official information from the Roche site, a highly accurate laboratory immunoassay for in vitro qualitative detection of the nucleocapsid antigen SARS-CoV-2.
"We are aware that governments and health systems are under great pressure to increase the ability to test SARS-CoV-2 to effectively manage the spread of the virus. The high-volume antigen test is a valuable addition to the portfolio to help diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection. The ability to quickly and correctly determine if someone has a SARS-CoV-2 infection is crucial to inform patient management decisions and to combat the spread of COVID-19. Roche remains committed to supporting governments, healthcare professionals and patients in the fight against this pandemic with the help of our diagnostic solutions Said Thomas Schinecker, CEO of Roche Diagnostics.
The Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Immunoassay works on all immunochemical analyzers that are widely available worldwide. These fully automated systems can provide test results in about 18 minutes for a single test (excluding sample collection, transport, and preparation time), with a throughput of up to 300 tests per hour from a single analyzer. The aforementioned laboratory-automated antigen test allows for reduced costs and errors due to the removal of manual handling, as well as fast turning and high throughput, according to official Roche information.
Rapid testing is a major challenge for the global recovery of tourism, as well as one of the three key elements for air traffic activation.
As I wrote in the analysis of global air traffic activation, they are needed three key prerequisites: Standardization of security protocols in airports and airlines, fast testing, ie fast obtaining of test results, and contactless thermal camera technology capable of automatically screening a large number of passengers.
Regarding the standardization of security protocols as well as the introduction of contactless thermal camera technology at airports, final negotiations are already underway under the leadership of International Air Transport Association (IATA)) and it is a matter of months, if not weeks, when they will be agreed. On the other hand, a couple of global companies from the USA and Israel have also released quick tests for testing on Covid19, and now Roche has joined them.
What is certain is that in the coming months, rapid testing will be made possible globally, which is important for the activation of the tourism sector.
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