Oral bowel preparation agents

You may have seen the recent letter from QA asking that we prescribe bowel prep for patients going to endoscopy. This guideline gives advice on how you can safely do this. Portsmouth prefers Picolax (contains sodium picosulphate and magnesium citrate) and Klean Prep (contains polyethylene glycol). Generally Picolax is used if possible as patients tend…
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BGS | Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA)

This is a really useful, practical guideline. There are 2 excellent flow-charts, which I personally am going to print out and carry around, summarising who should be investigated and also how to treat. In summary of the most important bits: Any degree of anaemia warrants investigation. The worse the anaemia, the more likely that there…
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This is a guideline which seems to be aimed predominantly at specialists. From our point of view there are a few useful bits: Patient Information. It lists some useful sources of information for patients. Faecal calcoprotein can be used in the assessment. (There is a good editorial on this in the BMJ. It has a…
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