Fact sheets, posters, and protocol cards available

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6921.132a (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:132
  1. P Baddeley,
  2. P Boyer,
  3. D M White
  1. Beacon Medical Practice, Painswick, Gloucestershire GL6 6RU Swinbrook Post Office, Oxfordshire OX18 4EE Oxfordshire Health Authority, Oxford OX3 9DZ.

    EDITOR, - Of the three recent articles on overwhelming infection after splenectomy,*RF 1-3* that by H A Deodhar and colleagues recommends the most active approach.3 We have already instituted many of these authors' recommendations. Over the past eight weeks 12 000 posters and detailed fact sheets and 30 000 protocol-record cards have been sent to family health services authorities and their equivalents for forwarding to general practitioners. We have not included areas (such as Cornwall) where we know that an effective local initiative has already been launched.

    The protocol-record card is perforated for easy separation. The protocol-record fits into the general practice's envelope for the patient's records, and there is an information section the size of a credit card for the patient to keep. The card was subjected to peer review between July and October last year and a pragmatic consensus reached over its advice for doctors and their patients on the risk, prevention, and early management of overwhelming infection after splenectomy.

    Any clinician in hospital or general practice who has not received a card can be sent one direct. Production and distribution of the card are supported by a trust fund, but a stamped addressed envelope (A5 or larger) or stamps would be welcome. We acknowledge contributions from Merck, Sharp & Dohme; Merieux UK; and the Alchemy Foundation. Inquiries should be sent to Peter Baddeley.


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