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Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.

Mar 1, 2017 Issue
AAP Releases Guideline on Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (BRUEs) and Evaluation of Lower-Risk Infants
This guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses apparent life-threatening events (ALTEs), a term recommended to be replaced by brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs).


Feb 15, 2017 Issue
ACIP Releases 2017 Adult Immunization Recommendations
Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the adult immunization schedule to incorporate any published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 adult immunization schedule includes several updates and is available at http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/immunizations/schedules.html.


Feb 15, 2017 Issue
ACIP Releases 2017 Childhood Immunization Recommendations
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the childhood immunization schedule annually to reflect recently published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 childhood immunization schedule is available at http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/immunizations/schedules.html. This year's schedule features a new table and several key recommendation changes.


Feb 1, 2017 Issue
AAN Updates Guidelines on the Uses of Botulinum Neurotoxin
In 2008, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published guidelines on the use of botulinum neurotoxin. This summary highlights updates on four indications: blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, spasticity in adults, and headache.


Jan 15, 2017 Issue
CDC Updates Recommendations for Contraceptive Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (U.S. SPR) in 2013 to provide direction for safe and effective use of contraceptive methods. These guidelines update the 2013 report.


Jan 1, 2017 Issue
ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently updated its standards of care to provide the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. Key changes in the 2016 update include new screening recommendations, clarification of diagnostic testing, and recommendations on the use of new technology for diabetes prevention, the use of continuous glucose monitoring devices, cardiovascular risk management, and screening for hyperlipidemia in children with type 1 diabetes.


Dec 15, 2016 Issue
ACP/CDC Provide Guidelines on the Use of Antibiotics for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline on appropriate antibiotic use in the treatment of healthy adults with acute respiratory tract infection outlines one of the medical community's top priorities.


Dec 1, 2016 Issue
CDC Updates Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, which is a companion document to the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, in 2010 to provide guidelines on safely using a variety of contraceptive methods. These guidelines update the 2010 report.


Nov 15, 2016 Issue
Society for Vascular Surgery Releases Guideline on Managing the Diabetic Foot
The Society for Vascular Surgery collaborated with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine to create evidence-based guidelines to improve the care of patients with a diabetic foot.


Nov 1, 2016 Issue
AAO-HNS Releases Updated Guideline on Management of Otitis Media with Effusion
Otitis media with effusion (OME) is defined as the presence of fluid in the middle ear in the absence of signs or symptoms of acute ear infection. This practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) provides recommendations to improve diagnostic accuracy, identify children most at risk of developmental sequelae from OME, and educate physicians and patients on the natural history of OME and the lack of clinical benefits of medical therapy.


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