Guidelines and Protocols Committee

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52, No. 5, June 2010, Page 266 News

The Guidelines and Protocols Committee of BC (GPAC) considers feedback from BC physicians regarding the draft guideline documents before finally approving them.
To show our gratitude to the external reviewers, we enter them in a raffle for an iPod Touch (32 GB). The two winners for the spring 2010 draw were Drs Hillary Kitson of Vancouver and Erin Lynch of Chilliwack. Congratulations to both!

Final approvals were granted:
• Asthma—diagnosis and management
• Diabetes care
• Febrile seizures
• Iron deficiency
• Oral rehydration
• Otitis media—Parent guide
• Palliative care part 1–Summary: Approach to care

Projects for 2010 include:
• Celiac disease: Laboratory investigation (new)
• Testosterone (new)
• Antinuclear antibody testing (ANA) (revision)
• Ambulatory ECG monitoring (revision)
• Colorectal neoplasms—Detection in asymptomatic patients (revision)
• Depression—Diagnosis and management (revision)
• Liver chemistry abnormalities in adults (revision)
• Rheumatoid arthritis (revision)
• B12 deficiency—Investigation and management of vitamin B12 and folate deficiency (revision)
• Iron overload—Investigation and management (revision)
• Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (rev­ision)

—Bakul Dalal, MD
Co-chair, Guidelines and Protocols Committee

Bakul Dalal, MD,. Guidelines and Protocols Committee. BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 5, June, 2010, Page(s) 266 - News.

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