Practice Guidelines

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

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Updates Guidelines on Rotavirus Vaccination
A live, oral human-bovine reassortant rotavirus vaccine (RV5; Rotateq) was approved in 2006, followed by a live, oral human attenuated rotavirus vaccine (RV1; Rotarix) in 2008. Since the licensure of RV1, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines on the routine use of rotavirus vaccine in infants.

Feb 1, 2010 Issue
AHA Guidelines on Prevention of Rheumatic Fever and Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Streptococcal Pharyngitis
Group A streptococcus (GAS) infections of the pharynx are the precipitating cause of rheumatic fever. Proper diagnosis and adequate antibiotic treatment of GAS infections can prevent acute rheumatic fever in most cases. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its recommendations on the prevention of rheumatic fever.

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
ACIP Releases 2010 Immunization Schedules
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added the bivalent vaccine to the child and adolescent immunization schedules, providing recommendations for harmonization between the schedules for both vaccines.

Jan 1, 2010 Issue
ASCO and AUA Release Guideline on Prostate Cancer Chemoprevention with 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Urological Association (AUA) developed a practice guideline on the benefits and harms of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors for prevention of prostate cancer.

Dec 15, 2009 Issue
ACOG Guidelines for Managing Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has produced guidelines for physicians caring for patients with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is an inherited cancer-susceptibility syndrome.

Dec 1, 2009 Issue
Guidelines for the Use of Opioid Therapy in Patients with Chronic Noncancer Pain
The American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine recently released a guideline for the use of opioids in patients with chronic noncancer pain. Chronic opioid therapy is controversial because of the potential for adverse effects and abuse.

Nov 15, 2009 Issue
Joint Guideline on Intensive Glycemic Control and the Prevention of Cardiovascular Events
Recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACC), and American Heart Association (AHA) for glycemic control and prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes.

Nov 1, 2009 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Cerumen Impaction
Cerumen, or earwax, is normally expelled from the ear canal by a self-cleaning mechanism assisted by jaw movement. Physicians should diagnose impaction only when an accumulation of cerumen is associated with symptoms (e.g., otalgia, tinnitus, vertigo) or prevents necessary assessment of the ear.

Oct 15, 2009 Issue
NIH Consensus Statement on Management of Hepatitis B
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel has produced a report on the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) created by independent panels of health professionals and public representatives using a systematic literature review.

Oct 1, 2009 Issue
CDC Releases Guidelines on H1N1 Vaccination and Prevention of Seasonal Influenza
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published specific recommendations for vaccination against the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, in addition to its recommendations for seasonal influenza vaccination.

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