Implementation of sample pooling procedure using a rapid sars-cov-2 diagnostic real-time pcr test performed prior to hospital admission of people with intellectual disabilities

Giuseppe Quatrosi, Michele Roccella, Mirella Vinci, Francesco Calì, Luigi Vetri, Vincenzo Neri, Francesca L’Episcopo, Alda Ragalmuto, Antonino Musumeci, Luigi Vetri

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Reliability, accuracy, and timeliness of diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection have allowed adequate public health management of the disease, thus notably helping the timely mapping of viral spread within the community. Furthermore, the most vulnerable populations, such as people with intellectual disability and dementia, represent a high-risk group across multiple dimensions, including a higher prevalence of pre-existing conditions, lower health maintenance, and a propensity for rapid community spread. This led to an urgent need for reliable in-house rapid testing to be performed prior to hospital admission. In the present study, we describe a pooling procedure in which oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabs for SARS-CoV-2 detection (performed prior to hospital admission using rapid RT-PCR assay) are pooled together at the time of sample collection. Sample pooling (groups of 2–4 samples per tube) allowed us to significantly reduce response times, consumables, and personnel costs while maintaining the same test sensitivity.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine7
RivistaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

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