Clinical Protocols
The Clinical Protocols site is organized and coordinated by the Center for Clinical Effectiveness to provide clinicians with tools to assist in the provision of high quality, evidence-based care.  Documents available include clinical practice guidelines, standard order sets and clinical pathways developed by Loyola physicians, nurses and other professionals.  You will find the name of the authoring department and the date of last revision at the bottom of each document.

Practice Guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist clinician decisionmaking about appropriate care for specific clinical circumstances.

Standard Order Sets are diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to be considered for specific patient populations.

Clinical Pathways provide a sequential overview of the activity, consultations/therapies, diet/nutrition, tests/procedures, treatments, medication, teaching/discharge planning that occur during a typical hospitalization for the relevant patient population. 

It is recommended that these tools be used as a guide for care whenever a patient has an appropriate medical or surgical condition.  Please note that these doucments are designed to assist you in the provision of best-practice care and are not meant to replace clinician jusgement.  More information on how to use these documents can be found on the Clinical Protocols site. 

Association and Society Guidelines and Recommendations
You can connect to clinical and professional guidelines through the links below.

American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP)
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
American Diatetic Association (ADA)
   American Dietetic Association's Nutrition Care Manual 
   American Dietetic Association's Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual 
American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
American Thyroid Association Professional Guidelines (ATA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
   National Cancer Institute (NCI)
   National Eye Institute (NEI)
   National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 
   National Institute on Aging (NIA)
   National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
   National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
   National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
   National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
   National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
   National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
      National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
      National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      National Hematologic Diseases Information Service
      National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
      Weight Control Information Network
   National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
   National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
   National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
   National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
   National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
   National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
   National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
 USPSTF Screening Recommendations