Not ascertaining whether the patient is known to a dermatologist and if there is a current plan in place:
including private dermatologists, and liaising with them if this is a chronic problem.
Mistaking the causative drug responsible for a drug reaction to be the one started a day or two before the rash onset. Drug reactions typically occur from drugs commenced 10 to 14 days prior to rash onset.
Inform dermatology registrar if finding it difficult to describe skin exam with correct terminology, try using simple terminology for what you can see and feel.
Not considering outpatient referrals for chronic dermatological concerns.
Sending bacterial MCS swabs to investigate for viruses – a tip to remembering swabs, Blue for Bacterial (medium: amies gel), green for viral (medium: VTM bactericidal).
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