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GPs should use point-of-care test to guide antibiotic use for pneumonia, says NICE


I am a nurse practitioner and see many patients above the age of 65 in the community. Will these CRP kits be available across all the are settings and not only Gps? Often I do request CRP test, but there is a cost to consider with normal venepuncture and not always appropriate when is Friday afternoon and u can't have the results immediately. I am concerned with the draft pneumonia guidance 2nd point to consider delayed antibiotic when CRP between 20 to 100. My experience is that with CRP 70 patients are already present unwell and further delay of prescribing increases the chances of hospital admission.

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10 Dec 2014

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