Emergent Medical Solutions, LLC (EMS) provides on-site diagnostic testing for the active COVID-19 virus. Our test utilizes a real-time RT-PCR molecular test for the SARS-Cov2 virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory syndrome. This test is also designed to rule out Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus that have common symptoms to COVD-19. Our technology allows us to rapidly identify the COVID-19 pathogens within 24 hours. Our staff Medical Doctor authorizes all testing.
Our Los Angeles based laboratory is an accredited CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) licensed state-of-the-art laboratory specializing in high-complexity diagnostic testing. Our dedicated team of scientists and experts help us utilize the most advanced molecular technology to provide the best possible tools for accurate diagnosis.
Laboratory processed PCR testing is universally recognized as the most accurate and reliable testing for COVID-19 currently available. There are two other types of point-of-care tests currently available for COVID-19: Antigen tests (also known as SOFIA test) and serology antibody tests (also known as: I-gG/I-gM test). Though these tests provide rapid on-site results, both of these type tests have significant issues with test accuracy.
Antigen (aka. Sofia) tests for COVID-19 antibodies are used to react to the presence of virus particles taken from the nasal passages. Sofia/Antigen tests are known to the FDA to have significant errors, especially false-negative results. The FDA has specifically said Antigen tests for COVID-19 should not be used for employee screening and are ONLY authorized under it's EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for patients who are currently exhibiting symptoms consistant with COVID-19.
A positive serology antibody test will only tell a test subject that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus at sometime, perhaps months, in the past.
A negative antibody test result will not indicate weather the test subject is currently infected with COVID-19. The FDA has indicated that these “tests detect antibodies (e.g., IgM, IgG) to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Serology/antibody tests cannot be used to diagnose a current COVID-19 infection.” Ref: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-emergency-use-authorizations-medical-devices/vitro-diagnostics-euas
A nasal swab is NOT required. Test samples collected at your worksite will be transported to our Los Angeles based laboratory and will usually be processed within 24 hours. Test results will be provided to the production company which ordered the test and individual test results will also be provided to each test subject by encrypted email. Depending on when and where samples are collected, expedited response by our collection team and/or expedited test results may be available. Speak with our Client Relations representative to discuss the options available.
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