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HSC Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences Current Awareness Bulletins: Guidelines and Cochrane Reviews

Guidelines and Cochrane Reviews

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June 2024

Cochrane reviews – new

Antioxidant supplementation for sickle cell disease 10.1002/14651858.CD013590.pub2

Approaches for delivery of refractive and optical care services in community and primary care settings 10.1002/14651858.CD016043

Calcium supplementation for people with overweight or obesity 10.1002/14651858.CD012268.pub2

Comprehensive care programmes for children with medical complexity 10.1002/14651858.CD013329.pub2

Continuous infusion versus bolus injection of loop diuretics for acute heart failure 10.1002/14651858.CD014811.pub2

Daratumumab and antineoplastic therapy versus antineoplastic therapy only for adults with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma ineligible for transplant 10.1002/14651858.CD013595.pub2

Dexmedetomidine for analgesia and sedation in newborn infants receiving mechanical ventilation 10.1002/14651858.CD012361.pub2

Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound screening for fetal structural abnormalities during the first and second trimester of pregnancy in low‐risk and unselected populations 10.1002/14651858.CD014715.pub2

Dressings and securement devices to prevent complications for peripheral arterial catheters 10.1002/14651858.CD013023.pub2

Early pharmacological interventions for prevention of post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals experiencing acute traumatic stress symptoms 10.1002/14651858.CD013613.pub2

Effects of additional exercise therapy after a successful vascular intervention for people with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease 10.1002/14651858.CD014736.pub2

Hearing protection field attenuation estimation systems and associated training for reducing workers’ exposure to noise 10.1002/14651858.CD015066.pub2

Interventions for preventing haemodialysis dysequilibrium syndrome 10.1002/14651858.CD015526.pub2

Interventions to prevent obesity in children aged 12 to 18 years old 10.1002/14651858.CD015330.pub2

Interventions to prevent obesity in children aged 5 to 11 years old 10.1002/14651858.CD015328.pub2

Manual therapy and exercise for lateral elbow pain 10.1002/14651858.CD013042.pub2

Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic 10.1002/14651858.CD015029.pub2

Non‐invasive high‐frequency ventilation in newborn infants with respiratory distress 10.1002/14651858.CD012712.pub2

Non‐pharmacological interventions for improving language and communication in people with primary progressive aphasia 10.1002/14651858.CD015067.pub2

Oral vitamin A supplements to prevent acute upper respiratory tract infections in children up to seven years of age 10.1002/14651858.CD015306.pub2

Personal protective equipment for preventing asbestos exposure in workers 10.1002/14651858.CD015158.pub2

Psychological and social interventions for the promotion of mental health in people living in low‐ and middle‐income countries affected by humanitarian crises 10.1002/14651858.CD014300.pub2

Respiratory syncytial virus vaccination during pregnancy for improving infant outcomes 10.1002/14651858.CD015134.pub2

Risk assessment for aggressive behaviour in schizophrenia 10.1002/14651858.CD012397.pub2

The role of sealants for achieving anastomotic hemostasis in vascular surgery 10.1002/14651858.CD013421.pub2

Shared decision‐making for supporting women’s decisions about breast cancer screening 10.1002/14651858.CD013822.pub2

Sodium‐glucose co‐transporter protein 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for people with chronic kidney disease and diabetes 10.1002/14651858.CD015588.pub2

Transcutaneous bilirubinometry for detecting jaundice in term or late preterm neonates 10.1002/14651858.CD011060.pub2

Zinc for prevention and treatment of the common cold 10.1002/14651858.CD014914.pub2

NICE guidelines – new/updated

Artificial intelligence (AI)-derived software to help clinical decision making in stroke (updated – DG57)

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing COVID-19 (updated – NG191)

Endoscopic duodenal mucosal resurfacing for insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes (new – IPG787)

Image-guided percutaneous laser ablation for primary and secondary liver tumours (new – IPG788)

Selective internal radiation therapy for neuroendocrine tumours that have metastasised to the liver (new – IPG786)

Tumour profiling tests to guide adjuvant chemotherapy decisions in early breast cancer (new – DG58)

SIGN guidelines – new

Management of diabetes in pregnancy (SIGN 171)


Cochrane Library (May); NICE website (May); SIGN website (May)

May 2024

Cochrane reviews – new

Appendectomy versus antibiotic treatment for acute appendicitis 10.1002/14651858.CD015038.pub2

Autologous platelet‐rich plasma for assisted reproduction 10.1002/14651858.CD013875.pub2

Corticosteroids for the prevention and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia 10.1002/14651858.CD013271.pub2

Midwife continuity of care models versus other models of care for childbearing women 10.1002/14651858.CD004667.pub6

Physical exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease 10.1002/14651858.CD013856.pub3

Psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure or atrial fibrillation 10.1002/14651858.CD013508.pub3

Psychosocial and medication interventions to stop or reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy 10.1002/14651858.CD015042.pub2

Wolbachia‐carrying Aedes mosquitoes for preventing dengue infection 10.1002/14651858.CD015636.pub2

Cochrane reviews – updated

Angiotensin‐converting‐enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers for preventing the progression of diabetic kidney disease 10.1002/14651858.CD006257.pub2

Etidronate for the primary and secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women 10.1002/14651858.CD003376.pub4

Home versus in‐centre haemodialysis for people with kidney failure 10.1002/14651858.CD009535.pub3

Inhaled bronchodilators for the prevention and treatment of chronic lung disease in preterm infants 10.1002/14651858.CD003214.pub4

Orthodontic treatment for prominent lower front teeth (Class III malocclusion) in children 10.1002/14651858.CD003451.pub3

Preoperative nutrition therapy in people undergoing gastrointestinal surgery 10.1002/14651858.CD008879.pub3

Workplace interventions to reduce the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection outside of healthcare settings 10.1002/14651858.CD015112.pub3

NICE guidelines – new/updated

Digital technologies to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation programmes for adults with COPD: early value assessment (HTE18 - new)

Endometriosis: diagnosis and management (NG74 – updated)

Epidermal radiotherapy using rhenium-188 paste for non-melanoma skin cancer (IPG784 – new)

Lymphovenous anastomosis during axillary or inguinal node dissection for preventing secondary lymphoedema (IPG785 – new)

Twin and triplet pregnancy (NG137 – updated)


Cochrane Library (Apr); NICE website (Apr)

April 2024

Cochrane reviews – new

Antibiotic prophylaxis for leptospirosis 10.1002/14651858.CD014959.pub2

Antibiotics for treatment of leptospirosis 10.1002/14651858.CD014960.pub2

Cognitive behavioural therapy added to standard care for first‐episode and recent‐onset psychosis 10.1002/14651858.CD015331.pub2

Community views on active case finding for tuberculosis in low‐ and middle‐income countries 10.1002/14651858.CD014756.pub2

Endoscopic sphincterotomy for adults with biliary sphincter of Oddi dysfunction 10.1002/14651858.CD014944.pub2

Face‐down positioning or posturing after pars plana vitrectomy for macula‐involving rhegmatogenous retinal detachments 10.1002/14651858.CD015514.pub2

Factors influencing the implementation of early discharge hospital at home and admission avoidance hospital at home 10.1002/14651858.CD014765.pub2

Non‐medical interventions to enhance return to work for people with cancer 10.1002/14651858.CD007569.pub4

Prebiotics for induction and maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis 10.1002/14651858.CD015084.pub2

Psychological therapies for depression in older adults residing in long‐term care settings 10.1002/14651858.CD013059.pub2

Purse‐string skin closure versus linear skin closure in people undergoing stoma reversal 10.1002/14651858.CD014763.pub2

Therapeutic vaccines for advanced non‐small cell lung cancer 10.1002/14651858.CD013377.pub2

Transvaginal mesh or grafts or native tissue repair for vaginal prolapse 10.1002/14651858.CD012079.pub2

NICE guidelines – new/updated

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing COVID-19 (NG191 – updated 13th March 2024)

Lung cancer: diagnosis and management (NG122 – updated 8th March 2024)

Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal disease: recognition, diagnosis and management (NG240 – new 19th March 2024)

Neonatal infection: antibiotics for prevention and treatment (NG195 – updated 19th March 2024)

Ovarian cancer: identifying and managing familial and genetic risk (NG241 – new 21st March 2024)

Suspected sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management (NG51 – updated 19th March 2024)

Vitamin B12 deficiency in over 16s: diagnosis and management (NG139 – new 6th March 2024)

SIGN guideline - new

Optimising glycaemic control in people with type 1 diabetes (SIGN 170 – March 2024)


Cochrane Library (Mar); NICE website (Mar); SIGN website (Mar)