RN and RPN Decision Support Tool (Clinical Practice Guidelines) for Identification and Early Treatment of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Symptoms During an Influenza Pandemic in the Absence of a Medical Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Purpose: "This document provides registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) with guidance in screening and early intervention for clients who appear to be experiencing influenza-like illness (ILI), under the following circumstances: 1) the local Medical Health Officer or the Provincial Health Officer has determined that pandemic influenza is circulating in or around the client's community (this may be confirmed by the RN or RPN through official surveillance reports, such as from the BC [British Columbia] Centre for Disease Control, or through information on the website of the Office of the Provincial Health Officer); and 2) a medical practitioner (MP) or nurse practitioner (NP) is not available to examine and diagnose the client. The guidelines provide RNs and RPNs with the decision-support tools required to screen and treat symptomatic clients with oseltamivir antiviral medication, and refer clients to a MP or NP when needed. Through these efforts it is expected that RNs and RPNs will assist in reducing the number of clients requiring hospitalization or treatment in an intensive care unit for influenza-related complications during an influenza pandemic."

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