Practice Guidelines

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

Sep 15, 2003 Issue
Evaluation of Epigastric Discomfort and Management of Dyspepsia and GERD
The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) recently published a guideline on the evaluation and management of dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Sep 1, 2003 Issue
AHA Releases Statement on Exercise and Heart Failure
Although discomfort during exercise is a principal reason that patients with heart failure seek medical care, exercise training is safe and can benefit these patients, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Aug 15, 2003 Issue
ACEP Releases Clinical Policy on Evaluation and Management of Pulmonary Embolism
A clinical policy focusing on critical issues in the evaluation and management of patients with signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism (PE) has been released by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Aug 1, 2003 Issue
ACIP Issues Guidelines on the Use of Smallpox Vaccine in a Pre-Event Vaccination Program
Recommendations for the use of smallpox vaccine in a pre-event vaccination program are now available from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

Jul 15, 2003 Issue
NHLBI Releases New High Blood Pressure Guidelines
New guidelines for the prevention and management of hypertension are available from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). According to the NHLBI, hypertension affects about 50 million persons in the United States.

Jul 1, 2003 Issue
NAEPP Updates Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) has published an update of their guidelines on diagnosing and managing asthma. The report identifies a set of 10 clinical activities for reducing symptoms and preventing exacerbations in patients with asthma.

Jun 15, 2003 Issue
CDC Updates Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings
The National Center for Infectious Diseases recently issued consolidated and updated guidelines for the prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in juvenile and adult correctional settings.

Jun 1, 2003 Issue
AAP Issues Screening Recommendations to Identify Hearing Loss in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released screening recommendations for assessing hearing loss in children of all ages. Failure to detect children with congenital or acquired hearing loss may result in lifelong deficits in speech and language acquisition, poor academic performance, personal-social maladjustment, and emotional difficulties.

May 15, 2003 Issue
AAP Releases Policy Statement on Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement on identifying and evaluating eating disorders; outpatient, hospital, and day-program treatment options; and prevention and advocacy suggestions.

May 1, 2003 Issue
ACS Updates Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cervical Neoplasia and Cancer
Guidelines for the early detection of cervical neoplasia and cancer are available from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS recommends that cervical cancer screening begin approximately three years after the onset of vaginal intercourse or no later than 21 years of age.

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