In light of the increasing outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends social distancing, which involves remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread.
The CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) recommends any person that feels they have COVID-19 symptoms to call the local health department before they go to their primary care physician, walk-in clinic, or local emergency department.
If you have any questions or need guidance on diagnosis, self-quarantine, treatment, or any other questions, please call your local health department.
In response to the CDC and TDSHS infection control mitigation procedures, Physicians Premier has implemented heightened screening and triage efforts within the Emergency Departments to decrease the spread of COVID-19 between patients and healthcare workers.
Physicians Premier Emergency Rooms offer a Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Panel Test that checks for 20 different targets and types of pathogens. Our test uses molecular testing that is 99% accurate. Many clinics, urgent care offices, and even traditional hospital emergency rooms only offer a rapid type of test that looks for one type of pathogen. These tests are often only 80% accurate. So, when a physician tells you that your test is negative, it doesn’t always mean you don’t have that infection. Rest assured, that at Physicians Premier 24/7 No Wait Emergency Rooms we offer a better option. Our respiratory and gastrointestinal panels take only 1 hour to run.
At most other facilities, patients are told they have a viral or bacterial infection without the physician ever having proof. This results in millions of prescriptions each year for unnecessary antibiotics. Over time this has increased antibiotic resistance. The rates of Superbugs and multi-drug resistant bacteria is rising each year. Physicians Premier respiratory and gastrointestinal panels help avoid the dangerous practice of over prescribing antibiotics. We believe our communities deserve better. Visit one of our Physicians Premier locations today to learn more.
The FilmArray® Respiratory Panel (RP) tests for a comprehensive set of 20 respiratory viral and bacterial pathogens in about an hour. The Respiratory Panel identifies the most common viral and bacterial pathogens that cause respiratory tract infections that present with nearly indistinguishable symptoms. The rapid and accurate identification of the causative agent helps determine how a healthcare provider chooses to treat an upper respiratory tract infection
The FilmArray® Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel tests for a comprehensive set of 22 gastrointestinal pathogens. The FilmArray GI Panel tests stool specimens for common pathogens associated with gastroenteritis. Quickly identifying the correct pathogen can ensure appropriate treatment, patient management and help decrease infectious gastroenteritis which can lead to severe illness or death.