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Rapid Antigen Testing

Antigen Swab Test for COVID-19

Keeping workforces safe and businesses open

Testing has so far played a big part in the global response to COVID-19, but current PCR tests are expensive with slow turnaround times. Enforced lockdowns have led many businesses to close their doors, or operate at reduced capacity, which has had an inevitable impact on economies and lives. More frequent testing could prevent further lockdowns and closures during future outbreaks.

Rapid antigen testing (RAT) is the solution. With results in 10 minutes and the tests performed onsite, businesses can avoid staff depletion while awaiting PCR test results. Importantly, RATs identify those who are most infectious but showing the least symptoms and are most effective when repeated regularly, ideally twice a week or even daily.

The benefits of rapid antigen testing

Respond Global is currently supplying BioAccess CareStart RATs to a number of clients in the aged care, quarantine, cruise and resource sectors. The tests are US-made, FDA and CE marked, and TGA approved for use here in Australia. They are already widely used in other countries and are the fastest rapid test available, with results in 10 minutes.

Identify the invisible risk to your business, fast!

  • Early detection of those who are most infectious, before they show symptoms
  • Accurate results in 10 minutes, fastest test on the market
  • Test onsite, no need to send swabs to a laboratory and await results
  • Real-time risk management puts you in control
  • Cost-effective and easy to use by health providers onsite
  • Ideal for testing of high-risk staff through regular surveillance programs.

Respond Global, your COVID-Safe partner

Respond Global has been heavily involved in the COVID-19 response since early 2020, supporting the coordination of the Commonwealth response to the Victorian aged care crisis, managing crew quarantine aboard the Ruby Princess, and supplying antigen tests and screening protocols to the Howard Springs quarantine facility as well as to a number of leading aged care, tourism and resource companies.

Led by Dr Ian Norton, formerly of the WHO, we have experience in responding to some of the world’s largest outbreaks and disasters in very challenging conditions, including the Ebola outbreaks in the DRC and West Africa, and the Diphtheria outbreak in Bangladesh amongst the Rohingya migrant camps.

We are infection prevention and control experts.

Respond Global can support businesses to design and implement rapid antigen testing regimes onsite.

  • Review and supplement existing COVID plans with additional risk control protocols.
  • Provide protocols for implementing a rapid antigen screening regime.
  • Ensure robust staff health screening procedures are in place.
  • Reviewing current design and flow within a workplace including conducting virtual walkthroughs to set up testing stations.
  • Training staff in how to use rapid antigen tests, including live virtual demonstrations.
  • Train the Trainer support.
  • Critical incident response and troubleshooting support to senior management when needed.

For businesses that do not have onsite medical staff to perform the tests, our team can provide that support, as part of our complete COVID managed service that includes the provision of risk assessments, COVID-Safe plans, training, and simulations.

In addition, we can coordinate mass antigen screening programs for employees and the general public to allow events to continue by reducing risk despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Rapid antigen test (RAT) screening of staff entering a residential or aged care facility during times of local COVID-19 community transmission allows essential care and resident support to continue uninterrupted.

Rapid Antigen Testing in Aged Care

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To find out more about how rapid antigen testing can help you keep your workforce safe and your business open, please contact us using the below details or submit our enquiry form.

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