RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS: Edited by Michael S. NiedermanRespiratory pathogen panels in the hospital: good or unnecessary?Cawcutt, Kelly A.a; Fey, Paul D.b; Kalil, Andre C.aAuthor Information aDivision of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine bDepartment of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Correspondence to Andre C. Kalil, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 985400 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA. E-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: April 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 226-230 doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000357 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review We aim to review the epidemiology of respiratory viral infections and the strengths and limitations of multiplex respiratory pathogen panels that are currently available along with their respective features and differences. Recent findings We give particular emphasis to the pathogens included on each test and evaluate their performance in the hospital setting. Summary We conclude with a discussion on the evidence for the clinical utility of respiratory pathogen multiplex panels in hospitalized patients, including the potential for coinfection with viral and bacterial pathogens. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.