Little Book of Red Flags
Recognising the symptoms of serious illness

Author: Gina Johnson, Ian Hill-Smith
Paperback: 96 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1079290677

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An ability to recognise symptoms of serious illness is essential for all front-line professionals in health care. Presented here are the ‘red flag’ indicators of major disease in need of urgent intervention and the ‘amber flag’ warnings of a need for urgent assessment. Each indicator is linked to a reason why intervention is required, to aid understanding and recall. The NMIC Little Book of Red Flags is a practical handbook to help early diagnosis of life-threatening conditions and to identify those who need an assessment by a health care professional. The book layout is deceptively simple, using bullet points. It provides a quick and simple way to identify situations where self care is not a safe option. Examples of settings in which it may be useful include triage, community pharmacies and the reception desks of GP practices. For example, most children with chickenpox do not need to see a health professional, but some need anti-viral medicines and others are at risk of serious complications. This book will enable such high-risk people to be quickly identified