Tuvalu Standard Treatment Guidelines, 2010. (With the Essential Medicines List Revised 2010, Page 229 and the Essential Medicines List for Children 2010, Page 240)
(2010; 401 pages)

This is the first edition of the Standard treatment guidelines published 2010. It has been prepared with the assistance and collaboration of members of the national drug and therapeutic committee. The committee consists of doctors, the matron, dental officers and pharmacists whom have sat through meetings and discussions on the development of the guidelines using external sources from early 2009. The guideline contains eight chapters seven of which are treatment guidelines and the other essential medicines and essential medicines for children.

These guidelines are the current best evidence-based practiced at the time of review and is intended to be used by doctors, nurses, dental officers, pharmacy staff and health care workers in the Tuvalu health sector. The committee is aware of the constant changes of practices and endeavors to update stakeholders through workshops, disseminations of literatures and bulletins.

The treatment guidelines have somewhat been included as comprehensive and inclusive of all aspects of therapy and not merely a simple list of medications and recommended doses. Each chapter addresses the conditions, its non-drug treatments, the medicines that are used to treat the conditions, doses and others may have algorithms to simplify the treatment protocols.

Other information provided in this edition would also assist the users are a list of sources that would greatly assist them should they wish to further research on each topic or treatment(s). The last two chapters are the endorsed national essential medicines list and the essential medicines for children. These essential medicines were selected according to the recommended WHO guidelines on selection of essential medicines. The list was recently revised and these medicines are reflected in the recommended guidelines however some medicines recommended may not be available and the committee endeavors to approve these. One of the highlights also for this edition on treatment guidelines is the list of essential medicines for children. WHO advocacy on making child size medicines available in the world has found its place in Tuvalu. The committee for the first time endorsed a list of medicines for children and they as well are reflected in the recommended treatment guidelines. Some restrictions on the availability of these medicines to the outer islands are also reflected in the document...

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