Evidence-Based Evaluation And Management Of Patients With Pharyngitis In The Emergency Department
Pharyngitis is a common presentation, but it can also be associated with life-threatening processes, including sepsis and airway compromise. Other conditions, such as thyroid disease and cardiac disease, may mimic pharyngitis. The emergency clinician must sort through the broad differential for this complaint using a systematic approach that protects against early closure of the diagnosis. This issue reviews the various international guidelines for pharyngitis and notes controversies in diagnostic and treatment strategies, specifically for management of suspected bacterial, viral, and fungal etiology. A management algorithm is presented, with recommendations based on a review of the best available evidence, taking into account patient comfort and outcomes, the need to reduce bacterial resistance, and costs.
Upon completion of this article, participants should be able to:
Identify and describe life-threatening causes of pharyngitis.
Identify the difference between viral and bacterial etiologies of pharyngitis.
Understand the controversy in diagnosing and treating group A hemolytic Streptococcus pharyngitis.
Physician CME Information
Date of Original Release: September 1, 2015. Date of most recent review: August 10, 2015. Termination date: September 1, 2018.
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AOA Accreditation: Emergency Medicine Practice is eligible for up to 48 American Osteopathic Association Category 2A or 2B credit hours per year.
Specialty CME: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 1 Pharmacology CME credit, subject to your state and institutional approval.
Needs Assessment: The need for this educational activity was determined by a survey of medical staff, including the editorial board of this publication; review of morbidity and mortality data from the CDC, AHA, NCHS, and ACEP; and evaluation of prior activities for emergency physicians.
Target Audience: This enduring material is designed for emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and residents.
Goals: Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to: (1) demonstrate medical decision-making based on the strongest clinical evidence; (2) cost-effectively diagnose and treat the most critical presentations; and (3) describe the most common mediocolegal pitfalls for each topic covered.
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