The changing respiratory testing landscape: Why the value of flexibility is key

By Ayaz Majid, PhD and Chris Gardner


Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to:

  1. Identify the goal of developing appropriate diagnostic respiratory testing panels.
  2. Differentiate the key factors in the development of testing workflows for diagnosing respiratory illness.
  3. Identify the goals of creating a diagnostic stewardship program for respiratory illnesses.
  4. Discuss the different options in choosing the right testing algorithms for the diagnosis of respiratory illness.

About the Authors

Ayaz Majid, PhD and Chris Gardner are Directors of Product Management at Diasorin, responsible for targeted and syndromic in vitro diagnostic molecular technologies respectively. They each have extensive experience in molecular diagnostics for a wide range of infectious disease applications.

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  • MLO and Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, IL, are co-sponsors in offering continuing education units (CEUs) for this issue’s CE article. CEUs or contact hours are granted by the College of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University, which has been approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. Continuing education credits awarded for successful completion of this test are acceptable for the ASCP Board of Registry Continuing Competence Recognition Program. Readers who pass the test successfully (scoring 70% or higher) will receive a certificate for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. The fee for this continuing education test is $20. This test was prepared by Amanda Voelker, MPH, MT(ASCP), MLS, Clinical Education Coordinator, School of Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

    Level of Instruction: Intermediate
    Passing scores of 70 percent or higher are eligible for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E. credit. This test is no longer valid for CEUs after February 28, 2026.

    NIU is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.