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IV cefazolin prescribing and administration resourcesIn response to the ongoing sentinel event cases (hospitalisation with or without subsequent amputation and AKI) with use of community IV cefazolin, the POAC regional clinical governance group endorsed the development of fl...
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Diabetic foot- use of IV antibiotics in primary care for patients with active foot disease will only be funded where there is clear documentation of discussion with a named endorsing specialist prior to treatment. There have been more than 12 sentinel event cases report...
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When a query DVT relates to an ACC case, POAC can arrange the DVT scan (and cover any surcharges if applicable) on behalf of the practice if there is difficulty obtaining an appointment in a timely manner using the usual mechanisms. Call in the usual way on (09) 5357218 and...
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The COVID-19 assessment and management algorithm (HERE) has been updated. The new algorithm now aligns with national rates for COVID-19 swabbing and comes into effect from midnight, Friday 18 September.  Please note that from this time there will no longer be different ...
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A recent review of POAC cellulitis cases has identified many cases where IV antibiotics have been administered for cellulitis at locations other than on limbs A sample of these cases has been reviewed with the regional Infectious Diseases specialists and the following change...
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Important message regarding claiming cut-off dates for COVID-19:Please note that all COVID-19 claims up to 26TH SEPTEMBER 2022 must be submitted by 5 NOVEMBER 2023. From here the following schedule will be followed (no exceptions will be accepted)As at 31/12/24 claims a...
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Ultrasound for suspected Testicular Torsion

Policy Updated: October 2023Please Note: This is not intended as a clinical guideline for management of suspected Testicular Torsion in Primary CareBackground:Requests have been received for POAC to fund scrotal ultrasound investigation for the purpose of excluding testicula...
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POAC Winter Funding Initiative (till 30th September 2023)A short-term winter funding initiative for CT Head scans to be performed in the community following minor head injury is available until the end of September 2023.Patients with a minor head injury who meet specific ref...
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POAC Christmas Hours- POAC coordination will be available throughout this time, with the exception of the statutory holidays. Please continue to refer in the usual way. Note there may be reduced capacity for respite admissions over this time, and referrals received after 12 ...
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POAC BLOG POST August 2022-important updates COVID claiming and MoH guidance around acute care-see FAQs and MoH claiming guide for general practice Accuretic recall –please note the GP funding to change patients to an alternate medication is bulk funded through your PHO. P...
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