GP Practice Protocol

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General practitioners use practice protocols in order to establish a diagnosis or solve a problem in a patient. Protocols are a set of guidelines general practitioners abide by in order to determine the cause of a patient's complaint.

Protocols are often updated yearly, usually by a higher association like the American Medical Association or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Asthma Protocol

In an emergency situation, the protocol for asthma involves several steps. First, place the person in an area where medical professionals can observe him. Evaluate the severity of his breathlessness by seeing if he can talk. GP's treat a patient able to talk with inhaled albuterol. If the patient cannot talk, check the pulse, respiration rate and measure peak expiratory flow.

Surgery Protocols for Breast Lumps

Surgical protocols for breast lumps call for conducting a step-by-step examination. First the examining professional asks her medical history, then examines her. Then the physician assesses whether there is a lump, an asymmetrical lump or discrete lump. Depending on findings, the physician evaluates then makes decisions on whether to refer her to a specialist or to treat by medicine or surgery.

General Practitioners in UK

Every country uses protocols to manage evaluation of patients. In the UK, general practitioners use protocols on a daily basis to evaluate every patient that comes into their office. The GP usually gets a full history, evaluates what medications they may be taking and gets consent from the patient on medication reviewing. Based on their findings, they use the appropriate protocols to treat and diagnose the patient.