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Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.
Any trauma to the hand, particularly a penetrating trauma, may introduce damaging pathogens. Superficial infections occur in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, whereas deep infections can involve the tendon sheaths, adjacent anatomic compartments, deep fascial planes, bursae, joint spaces, and bones. Learn which conditions can be managed conservatively, when antibiotics are indicated, and which patients should be considered for surgical management.
Just about every time someone asks, “Can I get away with a shorter course of antibiotics,” the answer is, “Yes, you can.” Shorter courses reduce cost and may reduce the likelihood of adverse events.
May 15, 2018 Issue
Infectious Diarrhea: IDSA Updates Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management [Practice Guidelines]
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has updated its 2001 guidelines for the management of children and adults with suspected or confirmed infectious diarrhea. Infectious diarrhea is usually self-limited, but diagnostic testing and treatment are indicated in some cases.
Jan 1, 2018 Issue
Tuberculosis: Guidelines for Diagnosis from the ATS, IDSA, and CDC [Practice Guidelines]
Persons with Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection may have no clinical evidence of disease and present asymptomatically, known as latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) or symptomatically, known as tuberculosis (TB). The American Thoracic Society (ATS), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a...
Summer months bring an increased risk of gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin and soft tissue infections in persons exposed to contaminated water. Find out which patients need only supportive care, and which symptoms suggest a more serious etiology.
Appropriate antibiotic prescribing is a quality-of-care issue; all clinicians have the responsibility to provide the right treatments to their patients while minimizing harm. Effective communication, public commitments, and delayed antibiotic prescriptions are evidence-based tools family physicians can use.
The reasons for antibiotic overprescribing are multifactorial, so efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing should combine shared decision making, incentives, quality-control measures, and similar interventions designed to improve clinical practice.
A man presented with unsteadiness, fever, chills, and lower extremity rash after returning from a trip to South Africa.
Preventing and controlling resistance requires the engagement of many different sectors of society. However, the physician's role in this effort is singularly important.