Non-antibiotic treatment of sore throat
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Non-antibiotic treatment of sore throat

Katie Richardson Sister and emergency nurse practitioner, Bristol Royal Infirmary

Katie Richardson discusses an evidence-based approach to the management and treatment of patients with common throat infections

Sore throats are common presentations in emergency and primary care settings and, although only between 5 and 10 per cent of adults with this condition are found to have bacterial infections, the use of antibiotics is still widespread. This article refers to a case study to describe the causes and complications of acute sore throats, and reviews the literature on the use of antibiotics. It also recommends the McIsaac scoring system as a reliable method of diagnosis and treatment decision making.

Emergency Nurse. 18, 9, 12-17. doi: 10.7748/en2011.02.18.9.12.c8335

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