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Causes of fever, chicken pox, respiratory tract infection, sepsis, infective endocarditis and flu, among other topics, are covered in this learning plan for GPs and primary healthcare professionals.
You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied infectious disease in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim CPD credits for all any modules completed.
This article by Dr Carol Chu covers when to suspect possible Ebola infection and, if it is suspected, measures to take in general practice. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include knowing the right questions to ask patients about their recent travel history and symptoms, infection control measures, and maintaining patient confidentiality.
This article by Dr Nuria Martinez-Alier and Dr Kirsty Le Doare describes the epidemiology and aetiology, diagnosis and management of chickenpox (varicella zoster). Key learning points for healthcare professionals include signs and symptoms, risks for immunocompromised children and infection in pregnancy.
This ‘red flags’ article by Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview of the possible causes of night sweats and a multiple choice post-test with case vignettes.
Dr Steve Holmes and respiratory nurse consultant Jane Scullion review the clinical features of influenza, and the risk groups for serious illness. This article was updated in 2018.
Respiratory nurse Jane Scullion and GP Dr Steve Holmes outline the key recommendations relevant to primary care in the latest NICE guidance on tuberculosis (TB). This article is from the March 2016 edition of MIMS Learning in print. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include TB prevention, symptoms and specialist services.
Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview of red flag symptoms associated with respiratory tract infections. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include addressing patient concerns, possible aetiologies and examination.
Dr Kyriacos Mouyis, Dr Sofia Metaxa and Dr Constantinos Missouris provide an overview of the diagnosis and management of infective endocarditis, including how to make the diagnosis, investigations such as blood cultures and echocardiography, and European Society of Cardiology guidelines for managing the condition.
This article by Dr Louise Newson, updated in 2018, discusses the assessment and management of fever in children, including the traffic light system for assessing the child’s symptoms. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) criteria to define tachycardia, and signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.