NGC Update Service: January 2, 2017


January 2, 2017

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Guideline Synthesis

Guideline Summaries

American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc.

Neurocritical Care Society

Withdrawn Guideline Summaries

The guideline summaries listed below have been withdrawn from the NGC Web site because they no longer meet the NGC Inclusion Criteria. See the Guideline Summaries Archive for a complete list of summaries that have been withdrawn from NGC.

Finnish Medical Society Duodecim

  • Acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction.
  • Blood transfusion: indications, administration and adverse reactions.
  • Chlamydial urethritis and cervicitis.
  • Deep vein thrombosis.

Health Care Association of New Jersey

  • Pain management guideline.

Health Technology Assessment Unit, Laín Entralgo Agency

  • Clinical practice guideline on sleep disorders in childhood and adolescence in primary care.

HealthPartners Dental Group

  • HealthPartners Dental Group and Clinics guidelines for the diagnosis & treatment of periodontal diseases.
  • HealthPartners Dental Group and Clinics periodontal risk assessment guideline.

Heart Rhythm Society

  • 2012 HRS/EHRA/ECAS expert consensus statement on catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation: recommendations for patient selection, procedural techniques, patient management and follow-up, definitions, endpoints, and research trial design.
  • HRS/EHRA expert consensus statement on the state of genetic testing for the channelopathies and cardiomyopathies.

Infectious Diseases Society of America

  • Clinical practice guideline for the use of antimicrobial agents in neutropenic patients with cancer: 2010 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
  • Clinical practice guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in adults and children.
  • International clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis and pyelonephritis in women: a 2010 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the European Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  • The management of community-acquired pneumonia in infants and children older than 3 months of age: clinical practice guidelines by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

  • Immunizations.
  • Lipid management in adults.
  • Management of labor.
  • Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Health care protocol.
  • Preventive services for children and adolescents.
  • Rapid response team.
  • Venous thromboembolism diagnosis and treatment.
  • Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis.

Intensive Care Society

  • Capnography guidelines.

Maine Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Undifferentiated vaginal bleeding/abdominal pain suggestive of ectopic pregnancy clinical pathway.

Medical Services Commission, British Columbia

  • Abnormal liver chemistry—evaluation and interpretation.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Osteoporosis: diagnosis, treatment, and fracture prevention.
  • Palliative care for the patient with incurable cancer or advanced disease. Part 2: pain and symptom management.
  • Palliative care for the patient with incurable cancer or advanced disease. Part 3: grief and bereavement.
  • Problem drinking.
  • Testosterone testing protocol.

Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium

  • Advance care planning.
  • Management and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Primary care diagnosis and management of adults with depression.


NGC Guideline Syntheses

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Conference News

Registration is now open for the Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders (E-GAPPS III) Conference. It will be held March 20-21, 2017 at The New York Academy of Medicine. The event is sponsored by the Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N NA) and NYAM's Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC). The conference is titled "Beyond Implementation: Are Clinical Guidelines Improving Healthcare Quality?"

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory

December 14, 2016: General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs: FDA is warning that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the development of children's brains.

Consistent with animal studies, recent human studies suggest that a single, relatively short exposure to general anesthetic and sedation drugs in infants or toddlers is unlikely to have negative effects on behavior or learning. However, further research is needed to fully characterize how early life anesthetic exposure affects children's brain development.

To better inform the public about this potential risk, FDA is requiring warnings to be added to the labels of general anesthetic and sedation drugs (see List of General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs Affected by this Label Change). FDA will continue to monitor the use of these drugs in children and pregnant women and will update the public if additional information becomes available.

AHRQ Announces Funding Opportunity for Developing Measures of Shared Decisionmaking

A new funding opportunity announcement from AHRQ solicits applications for research projects to develop, test and evaluate measures of shared decisionmaking for research conducted in clinical settings. Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process in which patients and members of their clinical team make health care decisions that are informed by scientific evidence as well as patients' values and preferences. Each project is expected to produce valid and reliable measures of shared decisionmaking, along with instructions for implementing the measures and documentation on the development, testing and evaluation of the measures. The maximum cost for each project is $500,000 per year and $1.5 million for up to three years.

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