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GPs to test patients' blood before prescribing antibiotics in pilot scheme


Some serious concerns here.... - CRP can be raised by viruses, and not raised by bacteria. It ain't specific enough. - who pays for the kits? - patients learn there's a blood test to see if they need an abiotic, soon there will be queues round the block. - so you don't do CRP, and patient becomes seriously ill. Guess who they'll sue. - you do CRP, don't prescribe, patient becomes seriously ill, clearly you are at fault for believing a non specific blood test - anyone got another 3 minutes per appointment going spare? Me neither. - CRP rises in lots of situations, not just bacterial infections - "never mind your 'clinical judgement' I demand the BLOOD Test.....NOW!!!" - fancy pinning down a snotty 3 year old for this? The horror..... - in a system where patient pays, this might work. For the freebie NHS?? Nope. Frankly, until the boffins come up with a 99% accurate table top test that states 'virus or bacterium', then CRP surrogate marker testing is a non starter.

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02 Nov 2017

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