Practice Guidelines

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

Jan 1, 2011 Issue
ACOG Updates Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a chronic gynecologic disorder that commonly manifests as chronic pain and infertility. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

Dec 15, 2010 Issue
Updated Recommendations on Daily Aspirin Use in Patients with Diabetes
To address the uncertainties about aspirin use in persons with diabetes, experts from the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology Foundation reviewed the current evidence and updated the 2007 recommendations.

Dec 1, 2010 Issue
ACS Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening
Although there have been substantive advances in the understanding of prostate cancer screening since the previous American Cancer Society (ACS) guideline update in 2001, there are still uncertainties about the overall value of early detection. Evidence that periodic prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing may reduce the risk of prostate cancer– related mortality must be weighed against the risks associated with early detection and treatment, particularly against the risk of treating men who would not have adverse effects if their cancer had not been detected.

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Updates Policy Statement on Athletic Participation by Children and Adolescents with Systemic Hypertension
The most common cardiovascular condition in competitive athletes is hypertension. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its policy statement using new recommendations made in the 2005 36th Bethesda Conference guidelines; the 2004 Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents; and the 2003 Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
ACOG Recommendations on Emergency Contraception
American College of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations on emergency contraception. Common indications include contraceptive failure (e.g., condom breakage, missed doses of oral contraceptives) and failure to use any form of contraception.

Nov 1, 2010 Issue
AAN Updates Guidelines on Evaluating Driving Risk in Patients with Dementia
Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) updated guidelines for the evaluation and management of driving risk in persons with dementia. The new evidence-based guidelines offer characteristics that can help to identify persons that are at risk of unsafe driving.

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Recommendations on Vaccination Against Streptococcus Pneumoniae Infection
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) releases recommendations on Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccination. In February 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Prevnar 13) for use in children two through 71 months of age. PCV13 will replace PCV7.

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
ACCP Releases Statement on Dyspnea Treatment in Patients with Advanced Lung or Heart Disease
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) wrote a consensus statement to influence clinical practice and provide suggestions regarding the management of dyspnea in patients with advanced lung or heart disease.

Oct 1, 2010 Issue
CDC Updates Guidelines for Influenza Vaccination for 2010-2011 Season
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated recommendations on influenza control for the 2010–2011 season. Seasonal influenza vaccines in 2010–2011 will contain A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like antigens. The influenza A (H1N1) vaccine virus is derived from the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Sep 15, 2010 Issue
IDSA Releases Guidelines on Management of Cryptococcal Disease
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently updated its guidelines on the management of cryptococcal disease. The new guidelines include a discussion of the management of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis in three risk groups: patients who are HIV-positive, organ transplant recipients, and non– HIV-infected and nontransplant hosts. The new guidelines also include specific recommendations for other high-risk groups, such as children, pregnant women, patients in environments with limited health care resources, and those with Cryptococcus gattii infection.

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