Though still very early in the training year, many pre-registration trainees will already have many concerns such as how to prepare for the exam, how to collect evidence and the somewhat dubious “tagging of the BNF”.
The tagging of the BNF is to help you when looking things up in your studying and most importantly in the open book exam. It enables quick and easy navigation between pages and so allows you to get the best out of your BNF in the least amount of time.

However, beware there is a danger of over-tagging your BNF and thus making the practice counter-productive.

This short and simple guide is going to put your mind at ease on this matter. Today, trainees, we are going to tag our BNFs!

What you need:

  • Different coloured sticky tags
  • Scissors
  • Black pen
  • PATIENCE

Step 1 - Tagging the Index

BNF tagging

BNF tagging

Step 2 - Indexing Chapter 1

BNF Tagging

Step 3a - Tagging Tables

BNF tagging

Step 3b - Tagging Tables

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A list of Tables to tag in the BNF

  • H.Pylori Treatment
  • Asthma Table
  • Adrenaline Table
  • O2 Therapy
  • Equivalent doses of Benzodiazepines
  • Equivalent doses of Antipyschotics
  • Summary of Antibacterial therapy
  • Summary of Antibacterial prophylaxis
  • Antimalarial Prophylaxis
  • Equivalent anti-inflammatory doses of corticosteroids
  • HRT Risk
  • Combined oral contraceptives
  • Iron content of different iron salts
  • G6PD Deficiency
  • Electrolyte concentrations
  • Parental feeding
  • Acute prophyrias
  • Suitable quantities of dermatological preparations to be prescribed
  • Suitable quantities of corticosteroid preparations to be prescribed
  • Sunscream preparation
  • Suitable quantities of Parasiticidal preparations
  • Immunisation Schedule

Step 4 - Indexing Appendix 1 Interactions

BNF Tagging

Step 5 - Indexing the wound management appendix

BNF Tagging

Step 6 - Tagging the Appendicies

BNF Tagging

Step 7 - Highlighting the page ranges

BNF Tagging

BNF Tagged

BNF Tagging

TIPS FOR USING YOUR BNF

  • Do not try to memorise the BNF back to front, this is tedious and counter-productive.
  • Familiarise yourself with the BNF, know how to use it, where to look up things.
  • If you come across a drug at work, have a go flicking through your BNF to read up on it. Carry a little notebook and write down drugs that you want to look up when you get home.
  • Do not ignore the preface. There is invaluable information found in the first few pages of the BNF. Familiarise yourself with it.
  • Familiarise yourself with the different tables of the BNF.
  • Highlight your BNF in color codes.

Ellen N. Kitetere and Yasin Bhaiji