The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency permission to a South Florida hospital to conduct a COVID-19 swab test in its own laboratory.
Baptist Health South Florida is the first organization in Florida – and one of 12 in the country – to receive emergency authorization.
Officials with Baptist say the Miami Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory Hospital will be able to carry out 40 to 80 tests at home every day – with results received within 24 hours.
“Having this test allows us to expand our testing capabilities at our home, enabling us to make treatment decisions faster and quarantine patients precisely,” said Edwin Gould, M.D., head of pathology, the Miami Cancer Institute. “We are fortunate to have all the very sophisticated equipment and expertise needed at home – enabling the transition in a short period of time.”
Home testing allows hospitals to slowly wean by relying
private laboratory for test results, which can take days.
Other hospital laboratories that have received emergency authorization
Health Care, Northwestern Medicine, Yale New Haven Medicine and Children