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NICE review finds new strep A test could help GPs reduce antibiotics for sore throat


- The test clearly isn’t specific/sensitive enough. - Colonising strep will result in inappropriate penicillin - Negative result may miss a life threatening sepsis - Missing sepsis can land you in court (“So doctor, you relied on a discredited throat swab rather than your clinical acumen”. - Performing throat swabs on gagging reluctant patients and children is like Russian roulette. Be honest, do you ALWAYS hit the target? - No GP in their right mind will self fund these tests

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07 May 2018

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