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CKS Updates - August 2017

During August 2017 Clinical Knowledge Summaries were updated in the following areas.

The following topics were all reviewed:

The majority of topics have undergone reviews and minor restructures.

The most significant changes are in the Constipation and Nausea/vomiting in pregnancy topics. The constipation topic has been update with the lower age limit of the topic changed to 18 years, recommendations on assessment have been expanded and the scenario on pregnancy and breastfeeding has been incorporated. The Nausea/vomiting in pregnancy topic recommends use of a validated questionnaire to assess the severity of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, avoiding iron-containing preparations if they are exacerbating symptoms and offering support in the form of self-help and support groups. There have been minor changes on when to admit or seek specialist advice and choice of antiemetic with more detailed prescribing information included.

Action: Clinicians who see patients with any of these conditions may find the new and updated information useful when reviewing current clinical practice.

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