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Awareness of guidelines on pleural infection
  1. R M Thursfield,
  2. I M Balfour-Lynn
  1. Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Ian M Balfour-Lynn
    Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK; i.balfourlynn{at}ic.ac.uk

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Guidelines for the management of pleural infection in children were published in 2005 as a supplement in Thorax1 with an accompanying editorial.2 They are also available on the British Thoracic Society (BTS) website (www.brit-thoracic.org.uk). Additionally, the guidelines were endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) after scrutiny by their Quality and Practice Committee. RCPCH published a guideline review in the Education and Practice Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood,3 mailed their guideline appraisal to all College members, and placed it on their website (www.rcpch.ac.uk). The guidelines were also presented at the BTS Winter Meeting (2004) and annual RCPCH meeting (2005). They have been …

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