Getting ahead of the curve: How Ochsner became a leader in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing

2 July 2020

Medical students Luke Caruso and Donald Chang co-authored a paper with Karrie B. Hovis, Andrea J. Linscott, Earlene F. Goens, Tong Yang and Elise Occhipinti called: Getting Ahead of the Curve: How Ochsner Became a Leader in SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing in the Ochsner Journal. 

In this paper they share the incredible journey of how Ochsner's laboratory team was able to rapidly respond and deliver diagnostic testing that proved essential to improving patient care in the state of Louisiana.

On March 9, 2020, Ochsner Health admitted its first COVID-19 patient. Less than 2 weeks later, Ochsner became the first hospital in Louisiana to insource diagnostic testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for COVID-19.

While Ochsner soon became widely recognized for leading the state in SARS-CoV-2 testing, few were aware of the preparations that occurred beforehand.

Read the paper