AFP DEPARTMENT COLLECTION
Practice Guidelines summarize important clinical recommendations from major medical organizations and the federal government.
Oct 1, 2012 Issue
ACIP Updates Guideline on Influenza Vaccination for 2012-2013 Season
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its annual guideline on influenza vaccination. This year’s guideline provides information on dosing considerations for children six months to eight years of age, febrile seizures associated with trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) and the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), and vaccination of persons allergic to eggs.
Sep 15, 2012 Issue
ACS Releases Updated Guidelines on Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released its annual update of guidelines for cancer screening, with recommendations covering cancers of the breast, cervix, colon and rectum, and prostate. For each cancer site, the guidelines address the affected population, associated tests or procedures, and the appropriate frequency of screening for average-risk, asymptomatic persons.
Sep 1, 2012 Issue
AAN, AANEM, and AAPMR Publish Guideline for Treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Painful diabetic neuropathy is a chronic disease that affects approximately 16 percent of patients who have diabetes mellitus. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) have developed an evidence-based guideline for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy.
Aug 15, 2012 Issue
CDC Recommends New Treatment Regimen for Latent Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection
Tuberculosis is a contagious and potentially fatal disease transmitted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for the treatment of latent M. tuberculosis infection. The new regimen consists of isoniazid and rifapentine (Priftin) administered once per week for 12 weeks as directly observed therapy.
Aug 1, 2012 Issue
AAN Updates Guideline on Treatment of Essential Tremor
Propranolol and primidone (Mysoline) are the most commonly used therapies for essential tremor, but these agents are ineffective for up to one-half of patients. In 2005, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published recommendations for the use of other therapies for essential tremor.
Jul 15, 2012 Issue
PIDS and IDSA Issue Management Guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Young Children
Previously published guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adults have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality rates. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have created new guidelines to address the management of CAP in infants and children.
Jul 1, 2012 Issue
American Urological Association Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of IC/BPS
The American Urological Association has published recommendations aimed at guiding physicians in recognizing interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), conducting a valid diagnostic process, and treating patients by maximizing symptom control and minimizing adverse effects.
Jun 15, 2012 Issue
ACP Recommendations for VTE Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients
Most hospitalized patients have at least one risk factor for venous thromboembolism (VTE), such as pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released guidelines on VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized, nonsurgical patients, including those with acute stroke.
Jun 1, 2012 Issue
AACAP Updates Recommendations on Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is common in children, with a prevalence of approximately 1 to 2 percent in the United States, and causes significant disability. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recently published updated recommendations on the assessment and treatment of OCD in children, incorporating new research and empiric evidence to guide physicians who treat children with OCD.
May 15, 2012 Issue
ACCF/AHA Update Peripheral Artery Disease Management Guideline
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) have updated their 2005 guideline on the management of peripheral artery disease (PAD) based on new data, with particular focus on lower extremity and abdominal aortic disease. Recommendations for renal and mesenteric disease remain the same.