Recent Posts by Louise Hudman

CPD | Contraception in the over 40s

This was an updated guideline from the FSRH on contraception in the over 40s. It came out in Nov 17, but as it is so useful, I thought it worth doing a summary. There were a few things that were new for me: If women over 50 are amenorrheic AND using a progesterone only method…
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iFuse for chronic sacroiliac pain

This is a new guideline from NICE advising that iFUSE can be used for treating chronic sacroiliac pain. The guideline was released in Oct 18. It is worth being aware of as we may have patients affected by this condition. The iFuse implant system involves placing implants over the sacroiliac joint. This aims to correct…
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CPD | Chronic Heart Failure in adults

This is an updated guideline on heart failure from NICE published in September 2018. Most of this is what we are currently doing. They have pulled several different guidelines together to make this more comprehensive. There are a few new things which I'll lay out, then I'll give a brief summary of management: Terminology They…
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Management of pancreatitis

This is a new guideline from NICE on pancreatitis from Sep 2018. Most of it is aimed at secondary care, but there are a few things that are useful for us which I've outlined below. Advice to give patients Recovery can take up to 3 x as long as the hospital stay (which can itself…
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CPD | Management of dementia

This is a new guideline from NICE on the management of dementia. Most of this is not new, but there were a couple of things I wasn't fully aware of. I'll list the things that were new to me, then do a bit of a summary. Cognitive testing. NICE lists a few recommended tests we…
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Bisphosphonates, raloxifene and teriparatide for treating osteoporosis

This summary is based on 3 recent NICE guidelines: Bisphosphonates in people for primary or secondary prevention. Raloxifene for primary prevention. Basically it isn't advised. Raloxifene and teriparatide for secondary prevention. The advice hasn't changed. Previous guidance was rather complicated in that different bisphosphonates could be used at different levels of risk. This has all…
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Hearing loss and ear wax

This is a new guideline from NICE on managing hearing loss and ear wax, published in June 2018. Exciting? Well, there are a couple of good bits in here, especially given how common a problem this is. Some top tips that were new for me: Consider an urgent referral to ENT for someone of Chinese…
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Stop smoking intervention

This is a new guideline from NICE on stop smoking interventions. If you do nothing else, I would strongly encourage you to do the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training NCSCT e-learning module on offering very brief advice to smokers. It only takes 10 minutes and is excellent. NICE advises that we use the…
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