This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of children and young people (younger than 16 years) with bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia.

July 2015: This quality standard has been reviewed against the update of the NICE guideline on Bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia: Management of bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people younger than 16 years in primary and secondary care which is a development source for this quality standard.

The guideline on bacterial meningitis was updated in February 2015. It was concluded that no changes were required to the quality standard.

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