Summary of antibiotic guidelines

The following guidelines are available (click here), then open folder Diagnostics and clinical support - microbiology


Antimicrobial prescribing:

  • Antibiotic prescribing policy


  • Management of Community-acquired pneumonia in adults
  • Guideline for adult patients with hospital Acquired lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI)
  • Treatment of pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) pneumonia (PCP) in adults

Central Nervous System:

  • Management of community-acquired meningitis in adults

Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectactic patients:

  • CF MRSA eradication
  • Once daily tobramycin in adult CF patients
  • Once daily tobramycin in adult bronchiectatic patients


  • Management of Clostridium difficile diarrhoea
  • Guidelines for patients with SBP or liver cirrhosis with upper gastrointestinal bleed
  • Adult gastrointestinal endoscopy antibiotic prophylaxis


  • Antibiotic guideline for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • UTI diagnosis/ use of dipsticks
  • Treatment of urological infections in adult patients
  • Prophylaxis in adult urology


  • Antibiotic use in obstetrics


  • Management of febrile neutropenia in oncology patients


  • Antibiotic doses for adults in renal impairment


  • Empirical treatment of sepsis in immunocompetent adults

Skin/Soft tissue and joint infections:

  • Prescribing policy for diabetic foot disease in secondary care
  • Treatment of animal and human bites in the emergency department for adults
  • Treatment of prosthetic joint infections


  • Splenectomy summary for adult and children 


  • Prescribing guidelines for stroke wards


  • Breast Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • ENT and Maxillofacial surgery
  • General and vascular surgery
  • Gynaecology surgery
  • Neuro surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Permanent pacemaker (PPM) insertion prophylaxis
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring:

  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Gentamicin prescribing policy
  • Vancomycin prescribing policy


  • Tetanus and diphtheria prevention and post-exposure prophylaxis

The following guidelines are available (click here), then open folder cancer and associated specialities - clinical Haematology


  • Neutropenic sepsis in haematology
  • Prophylactic antibiotics in neutropenic sepsis
  • Treatment of specific infections
  • Aciclovir use for prophylaxis and treatment of herpes viral infection
  • Fungal infection prophylaxis and treatment in haematology pateints

The following guidelines are available (click here), then open folder cancer and associated specialities - Renal Haemodialysis


  • Diagnosis and treatment of central venous catheter related infections in haemodialysis patients
  • Care bundle for central venous catheters in renal patients

The following guidelines are available (click here), then open folder cancer and associated specialities - Renal Peritoneal Dialysis


  • Diagnosis and treatment of PD peritonitis and exit site infections




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