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This page explains '''how to read protocolin QueerCare''' in QueerCare.
== What is Protocol? ==
Protocol in QC describes '''how to do a task'''. These can be aimed '''externally''', such as most of the care, advocacy and First Aid protocol (eg. [[Activated charcoal protocol|Activated Charcoal Protocol]]), or more about how to carry out a task '''within QueerCare''', such as the [[How Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Leads Respond To Safeguarding Concerns Protocol]].
Protocol tells you how to a task '''safely''' and '''reliably'''. You should read all protocol on a task you are planning to do before doing the task for the first time, and if the protocol has a note stating you must be '''trained''' in the task before carrying it out, you should must get trained.
In QC, protocol is stored on the '''[[Main Page|QC Wiki]]'''.
Should statements are recommendations that are built from '''significant organisational experience''' or '''significant medical consensus'''.
''Eg. ''You '''should''' get you, your buddy and the person you're caring for something to drink/eat whilst preparing for the appointment.''
=== Can ===
If a protocol says you '''can''' do something, you should '''apply your judgement ''' and consider whether it applies under your particular circumstances. '''Canin your particular context''' is used for: * methods which have worked for a few people, but have not yet been tested enough to become a ''should'' or a ''must''* medical recommendations with less research behind them, for example one or two small studies* medical recommendations with contradictory evidence behind them* recommendations which are very contextual or circumstantial.
Eg'''Can''' is used for: * '''Additional steps''' which can help or improve the task but which the task can be done perfectly well without* Recommendations that are applicable only in some '''contexts''' or '''circumstances'''* Methods which have worked for a few people, but have not yet been '''tested''' enough to become a ''should'' or a ''must''* Medical recommendations with '''less research''' behind them, for example one or two small studies, or with '''contradictory evidence''' behind them Can statements are recommendations that are built from '''some organisational experience''' or '''some medical consensus'''.  ''Eg. You '''can''' arrange for you and your buddy to support the person at their next probation appointment.''
=== Using these Together ===
'''Should''' recommendations are often accompanied by '''can''' recommendations, to provide other options, all framed within a '''must'''. For example: <blockquote> ''Eg. You '''must''' do one of the following, and you '''should''' do X, but and '''can''' do Y or Z</blockquote>.''
== Issues with Protocol ==
 
If you follow a protocol and find there is a '''problem''' with it or it needs to be '''updated''', the protocol must be '''reviewed''' and '''edited''' if needed.
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