MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --
The 366th Medical Group launched two in-house test kits to rapidly diagnose and treat respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.
BioFire COVID-19 and BioFire Respiratory 2.1 panels can provide rapid and reliable results for 22 types of bacteria and viruses. This form of rapid testing will allow the provider to identify the illness and create an effective treatment plan for patients of all ages.
Test results are available in less than 24 hours meaning patients will be able to leave quarantine sooner. This allows service members to return to the mission faster.
“The BioFire is fast, robust, easy to use and most importantly, cuts down our turnaround time drastically,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cristain Garcia, 452nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical laboratory technician.
These tests are available at the 366th Medical Group for any individual experiencing respiratory symptoms. For the most up-to-date information you can visit the 366th Medical Group on Facebook, at https://mountainhome.tricare.mil/, or call (208) 828-6800.