Since the end of the summer vacations, several German states have switched to corona pool testing at daycare centers and schools, in which all children in a group or class are tested together with just one PCR test. We support laboratories in implementing these group tests safely and quickly.
As a rule, the pool tests run as follows: Schools are provided with barcode and QR code label sheets and the test material by the laboratory. After sampling in the respective group or class, all swabs are collected in a pool tube. This is provided with a barcode so that a clear allocation is ensured. The responsible teacher or educator scans the corresponding QR code with his or her cell phone and is automatically redirected to a web form. This form is already filled out and only needs to be completed with the name of the school and the respective class. In this way, the lab order is activated.
After evaluation of the test pools in the laboratory, the results will be reported to the:school's Corona Officer. If the test results are negative, no further action is required. In the case of a positive pool test, retesting of the children from this group is arranged - but this is done individually and in the child's home environment. For this purpose, parents receive labels with a barcode and a QR code in addition to the swab material. After the test has been performed, this code is stuck onto the test tube and scanned in order to be automatically forwarded to the website for data entry. Here, the child's data as well as an email address and, if applicable, a cell phone number are entered to activate the lab order. Once the test result is available, parents and teachers are conveniently informed by e-mail or, if desired, by text message.
Pool tests are a good method for reliably and cost-effectively detecting corona infections. In addition, they are usually well accepted by children, as the tests are usually performed as so-called lollipop tests. With our solution, such pool tests can be implemented easily and safely, even on a large scale. If you are interested in our software solution, please contact us.