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Modern Healthcare - - COVER STORY -

A sam­ple of the 90 new rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing com­monly or­dered but of­ten un­nec­es­sary tests and treat­ments that are part of the Choos­ing Wisely cam­paign

Avoid car­dio­vas­cu­lar test­ing for pa­tients un­der­go­ing low- risk surgery. Avoid rou­tine bone scans in men with low- risk prostate can­cer. Don’t per­form elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy, known as EEG, on pa­tients with re­cur­rent headaches. Don’t rou­tinely treat acid re­flux in in­fants with acid sup­pres­sion ther­apy. Don’t sched­ule non­med­i­cally in­di­cated in­duc­tions of la­bor or ce­sarean de­liv­er­ies be­fore 39 weeks ges­ta­tion. Don’t use an­tipsy­chotics as a first choice to treat be­hav­ioral and psy­cho­log­i­cal symp­toms of de­men­tia.

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