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Practice Guidelines

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

Dec 1, 2014 Issue
Management of Atopic Dermatitis: Guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology
Atopic dermatitis, a common and chronic skin condition, affects persons of all ages. Topical therapy is the mainstay of treatment, and in severe cases, it is often combined with systemic therapy. This guideline from the American Academy of Dermatology provides information about the treatment of atopic dermatitis, including the effectiveness, dosing, and adverse effects of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions.


Nov 15, 2014 Issue
AAO-HNSF Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Acute Otitis Externa
A diagnosis of acute otitis externa (AOE) requires sudden onset (e.g., within 48 hours) within the past three weeks of symptoms (e.g., otalgia, itching, fullness, hearing loss, jaw pain) and signs (e.g., tenderness of the tragus or pinna) indicating inflammation of the ear canal. Because there is a variance in management options and because accurate diagnosis of AOE is important, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) chose to update its previously released guideline on AOE.


Nov 1, 2014 Issue
IDSA Releases Recommendations on Vaccinations in Immunocompromised Patients
Recommended vaccination schedules for immunocompetent children and adults are published annually by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination of immunocompromised patients is important because impaired host defenses predispose patients to an increased risk of vaccine-preventable infections. These patients also have a greater risk of exposure to pathogens because of their frequent contact with medical environments.


Oct 15, 2014 Issue
ACIP Releases Updated Recommendations on Influenza Vaccination to Include the 2014-2015 Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its yearly recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2014–2015 season.


Oct 1, 2014 Issue
JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults
Hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to disease and death in the United States, leading to myocardial infarction, stroke, and renal failure when it is not detected early and treated appropriately. The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently released evidence-based recommendations on treatment thresholds, goals, and medications in the management of hypertension in adults.


Sep 15, 2014 Issue
ACOG Releases Guideline on Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes increases the risk of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, and developing diabetes later in life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a guideline that provides recommendations based on good-quality research and identifies current gaps in knowledge.


Sep 1, 2014 Issue
ACOG Releases Clinical Guidelines on Management of Menopausal Symptoms
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has provided recommendations for the treatment of vasomotor and vaginal symptoms related to menopause.


Aug 15, 2014 Issue
ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD Risk
The Blood Cholesterol Expert Panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued an updated evidence-based guideline in 2013 that addresses the use of fixed doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce the risk of ASCVD in adults 21 years and older.


Aug 1, 2014 Issue
ACCF and AHA Release Guidelines on the Management of Heart Failure
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently developed guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. The guidelines are based on four progressive stages of heart failure; progression from one stage to the next is associated with reduced five-year survival and increased plasma natriuretic peptide concentrations.


Jul 15, 2014 Issue
ACP Releases Guideline on Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1 to 3 Chronic Kidney Disease
Based on a systematic evidence review, this guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) presents recommendations on screening, monitoring, and treatment of stage 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease in adults.


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