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


Mild rises in CRP are common in viral illnesses. .... 80 and above and Im more convinced bacterial, if it comes back 40-50ish I'll usually see them again the next day and clinically reassess. I use this in daily practice in Australia, but more so in borderline cases . Overall your judgment and tests will match up most of the time. As many contributors have stated its an adjunct and not a replacement for clinical judgment and Ive really found it helpful in cutting down antibiotic prescribing as patients believe numbers on test results more than validates your clinical skills in the eye of the patients, hence helping to build their trust.... In the last 6 months I've only had to call back 2 patients on the basis of their high CRP- both were subsequently found to have bacterial infection. I have a lot fewer requests and insistence on antibiotics now, and much less conflict with patients regarding this issue. Only had one patient not return because she didnt get her antibiotics as demanded. Used sensibly as most GPs will I do feel this will help reduce un-necessary antibiotics.

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03 Nov 2017

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