Meningitis – HPA advice

24th April 2012 by Louise Hudman

This publication from the HPA mostly summaries advice from the NICE guideline. Given it’s importance to us though, here’s a quick summary:

Who should you give antibiotics to if you suspect meningitis?

  • If they have a non-blanching rash
  • If you suspect meningococcal septicaemia
  • If transfer to hospital could be delayed (eg in rural areas).

NB – you should not give antibiotics if you suspect meningitis, but there is just a blanching rash, as long as transfer to hospital will not be delayed.

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