Three Sets of Newly Updated National COVID-19 Guidelines Mostly Agree in Their Recommendations – Where Do These COVID-19 Guidelines Currently Disagree – Guideline Knowledge Check

Andrea Eberly, MD, MS, FAAEMEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Guideline Knowledge Check, Internal Medicine, Medical News, Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

Three Sets of Newly Updated COVID-19 Guidelines Mostly Agree in Their Recommendations... Where Do These COVID-19 Guidelines Currently Disagree?

Three Sets of Newly Updated COVID-19 Guidelines Mostly Agree in Their Recommendations... Where Do These COVID-19 Guidelines Currently Disagree?

This Guideline Knowledge Check reviews three sets of newly updated COVID-19 Guidelines (Coronavirus Treatment Guidelines) from the NIH, WHO, and IDSA, as of December 2020, to identify the key differences between the respective COVID-19 treatment guidelines.

Today’s Guideline Knowledge Check question comes from the desk of Med-Challenger Emergency Medicine Editor-in-Chief, Andrea Eberly, MD, FAAEM.

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Try this COVID-19 guideline question and find out if you’re in step with the the most current Coronavirus treatment guidelines.

The COVID-19 guideline committee of a hospital is discussing the incorporation of the following 3 recently published guidelines into their COVID-19 treatment plan: the September 2020 World Health Organization (WHO) guideline and the December 2020 National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Infectious Diseases of America (IDSA) guidelines.


Which of the following statements correctly states a disagreement across these 3 recently updated COVID-19 guidelines?

Answer Options:

The three guidelines agree on the use of dexamethasone in critically ill patients, but disagree on its use in those hospitalized with mild disease without oxygen requirement. 

The three guidelines disagree on the use of remdesivir.

Only the NIH guideline recommends for routine use of tocilizumab, bamlanivimab.

The NIH and IDSA guidelines advise against the use of chloroquine, whereas the WHO guideline recommends it as an alternate treatment in resource-poor environments without access to remdesivir.

See the Answer:

Newly Updated COVID-19 Guidelines, December 2020, disagree on the use of remdesivir in coronavirus treatment

About Guideline Knowledge Checks:

With each update of national clinical practice guidelines, some recommendations change and many remain unchanged. Med-Challenger Guideline Knowledge Checks help you know both what is new and what has stayed the same in the most recent guidelines pertinent to each medical specialty.

About the Author:

Andrea Eberly, MD, FAAEM graduated from the David Geffen Medical School of Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona. After working as an attending physician in Tucson, she followed a recruiting call to the island of Guam, where she served in various roles, including as the director of the emergency department, the EMS Medical Director of Guam, and the Director of the 911 Call System. She has maintained her emergency medicine board certification through three cycles of American Board of Emergency Medicine Board Exams (last in 2014), all three with the help of Med-Challenger.

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