The team responsible for the RCGP TARGET Antibiotic Toolkit have just published the second in their new series of quarterly newsletters. The March 2018 edition of the RCGP TARGET Toolkit Newsletter includes draft UTI diagnosis flowcharts amd information about a new Treating Your Infection UTI leaflet for older adults and those who care for them due to published very soon.
NICE Guideline 79 strongly reminds us that antibiotics are very rarely needed for acute sinusitis – with a clear statement that antibiotics SHOULD NOT be offered at all in the first 10 days unless a person is systemically very unwell or at high risk of complications. A back-up prescription for antibiotics to be collected if symptoms worsen rapidly or Continue Reading »
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The North East and Cumbria antimicrobial prescribing guideline for primary care and quick reference guideline have been updated in line with new guidance from Public Health England around treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use of antibiotics in pregnancy.
Nitrofurantoin is now recommended as first line antibiotic for treatment of lower urinary tract infections in adults.
In pregnancy, if possible, avoid tetracyclines, quinolones, aminoglycosides, azithromycin, clarithromycin, high dose metronidazole (2g stat) unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Erythromycin is now the recommended treatment of acute sore throat in pregnancy in penicillin allergic patients.