Practice Guidelines

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

May 15, 2002 Issue
ACOG Practice Bulletin on Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy
Guidelines developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) discuss changes in thyroid function during pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and clinical considerations; and provides recommendations.

May 1, 2002 Issue
Revised Growth Charts for Children
In May, 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published revised growth charts for children. For the first time, the charts include body mass index (BMI) for children two to 20 years of age.

Apr 15, 2002 Issue
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: Diagnosis and Treatment of Heel Pain
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) has developed a guideline on heel pain. The guideline contains pathways (algorithms) for the treatment of heel pain based on underlying cause.

Apr 1, 2002 Issue
Introduction to AAFP Summary of Recommendations for Periodic Health Examinations
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has updated the Summary of Policy Recommendations for Periodic Health Examinations. The recommendations include the examinations that should be offered, those that should not be done, those considered an option, and those with insufficient evidence to recommend for or against.

Mar 15, 2002 Issue
AAP Issues Recommendations for the Management of Sinusitis in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued recommendations for physicians to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients between one and 21 years of age who present with uncomplicated acute, subacute, and recurrent acute bacterial sinusitis.

Mar 1, 2002 Issue
AAP Updates Statement for Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Breast Milk
A statement intended to update the list of agents transferred into breast milk and describe possible effects on the infant or lactation, if any are known, is now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Feb 15, 2002 Issue
AAP Guidelines on Treatment of Children with ADHD
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new guideline for the treatment of school-aged children (six to 12 years) with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Feb 1, 2002 Issue
ACOG Issues Recommendations on Assessment of Risk Factors for Preterm Birth
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued new recommendations on assessing risk factors for preterm birth. These recommendations discuss risk factors, markers for predicting preterm birth, and clinical considerations.

Jan 15, 2002 Issue
PHS Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposure to HBV, HCV and HIV: HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis Regimens
Guidelines for the management of health care personnel who have occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids that might contain hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are available from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS).

Jan 1, 2002 Issue
The 2002 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule and Progress Toward Elimination of Thimerosal
The 2002 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule is now available. The format of the 2002 schedule differs somewhat from the 2001 schedule; it is based in large part on the modifications developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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