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Table 2 Cost analysis of the RT-PCR and Alere™ i Influenza A & B near patient testing strategies for patients with suspected influenza. Cells with italicized text identify the NPT testing strategy that provides the lowest cost and maximum saving for that line item

From: Cost implications for the NHS of using the Alere™ i Influenza A & B near patient test with nasal swabs

  Costs per cohort of 1000 patients  
Test RT-PCR Alere flu NPT with: Maximum saving
Cost of:   Nasal swab Throat swab  
Isolation £295,356 £104,489 £71,298 £231,334
Influenza testing £70,000 £23,450 £82,571 £46,550
Antiviral treatment £10,294 £4357 £2395 £7898
Nosocomial infection £0 £622 £7529 − £622
Total cost £375,650 £132,919 £163,793 £242,730