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ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Unplanned Admission amongst People with HIV in regional NSW are Predicted by Multi-morbidity but not by HIV specific markers
I enjoyed the talk given by Natalia Edmiston on predictors of unplanned admissions.
It was surprising to note that studies have shown that most unplanned admissions amongst HIV infected people were due to multi-morbidity rather than HIV specific factors.
Natalie, also demonstrated that recommendations from the NSW studies is in keeping with other international studies such as National Institutes for Health and Care (NICE) guidelines.
- Clinicians should consider a mult-morbidity approach to care in treating people with HIV
- Obtain a CIRS score at entry to care and update this annually
- CIRS score is a very strong predictor of hospital admissions in HIV positive individuals