The severity of the current flu season is evident at Wetzel County Hospital where a significant increase in flu tests was performed over the past two months.
Nearly 300 tests were performed in December and January and while testing has decreased somewhat in February, it still continues at a brisk pace, according to Jodi Franklin, Director of Laboratory.
According to Franklin, of the flu tests conducted in January and February, the rate of positive results was 20%.
A majority of the flu testing occurred in the Hospital Emergency-Trauma Center, and the others were inpatients and outpatients who required testing.
“We have an excellent team working in our hospital Laboratory and we pride ourselves in having accurate Lab results available in a quick turn around time for our Emergency Department physicians who review the results and plan a course of treatment based on the results,” added Franklin.
The Lab performs testing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We utilize the Binaxnow Influenza A & B Cards System for rapid detection of flu,” Franklin said. The test is done on a nasopharyngeal swab and we reached our turnaround time 100% for reporting flu results.