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New summaries

Blood pressure monitoring in infants, children, and young people

Great Ormond Street Hospital

11 October 2016

Blood pressure monitoring in infants, children, and young people

This guideline summary describes the benefits and difficulties of different techniques used to measure blood pressure in infants, children, and young people.

Eating disorders in over 8s: management


17 October 2016

Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can have serious physical, psychological, and social consequences. Between February 2015 and January 2016, of 2703 finished admission episodes for eating disorders, 76% were for anorexia, 5% were for bulimia, and 19% were for other eating disorders. The most common age for a patient to be admitted to hospital with such a disorder was 15 years old. This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers the psychological, pharmacological, and physical management of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders.

Summary of influenza immunisation policy


10 October 2016

Influenza is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, myalgia and extreme fatigue. Other common symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose. For otherwise healthy individuals, influenza is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery usually within two to seven days. The aim of influenza immunisation is to reduce the morbidity and mortality from influenza by immunising those most likely to develop severe or complicated illness as a result of influenza infection. This Guidelines summary covers at-risk groups recommended for influenza immunisation, and administration.

Menopause—guidance on management and prescribing HRT


28 September 2016

This concise summary developed by the Primary Care Women's Health Forum is designed to provide support when initiating therapy, or to support in choosing alternative preparations, for the treatment of symptoms of the menopause.
This clear summary of Public Health England's guideline on infection diagnosis and microbiological investigation of venous leg ulcers aims to provide a simple, effective, economical, and empirical approach to the management of venous leg ulcers when infection is suspected, and to minimise the emergence of antibiotic resistance in the community.

Zika virus infection: guidance for primary care


30 August 2016

Individuals infected with active Zika virus usually present with a mild illness lasting two to seven days. Symptoms include a combination of fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis/red eyes, headache, muscle pain, and eye pain. Zika virus infection during pregnancy may be associated with foetal microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities. Zika virus infection has also been linked with Guillain-Barré syndrome. This Guidelines summary provides travel advice, and includes an algorithm for assessing pregnant women following travel from areas with active Zika virus transmission.
New articles

A forward view on the role of nurses in general practice

By Anne Moger  |  

30 September 2016

A forward view on the role of nurses in general practice

Anne Moger discusses how the Five Year Forward View and the subsequent General Practice Forward View have influenced the way general practice nurses and general practitioners will work together in primary care in the future. Nurses will take on a greater role in the management of patients in primary care; consequently, it is essential that they keep up to date with clinical guidelines that will help them to identify and deal with health inequalities.