These two guidelines set out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy that aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.
People showing erythema migrans, the characteristic skin rash associated with Lyme disease, can be diagnosed without the need for blood tests, NICE says in new guidance.
Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
People who incorrectly believe they are allergic to penicillin are unnecessarily put at an increased risk of developing MRSA or C difficile, NICE warns today.
People should take honey or cough medicines instead but speak to their GP if it persists for longer than three weeks
Sundus Jawad, tells us how improving hydration in care homes reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for residents
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges recently described our 'do not do' database as an excellent resource. The database allows you to search for recommendations that we've made on a clinical practice that should either be discontinued or not used routinely within the NHS. Take a look at the top 5 recommendations:
This November is Stop the Pressure Month, a NHS England led campaign that raises awareness of preventing and managing pressure ulcers. Professor Gerard Stansby, Chair of the NICE pressure ulcers guideline group, outlines the role NICE's guidance can play in preventing pressure ulcers.
Rosie explains how new NICE guidance will help us all in the fight against antibiotic resistance
Di has been working hard to teach her students about the importance of hand-washing. Find out how she has got on.
Dr Butler tells us why sepsis needs to be treated as an emergency and how new NICE guidance can help to achieve this.
NICE is urging hospital staff to treat people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour.
Good management of antibiotics can halve the number of people picking-up drug-resistant infections in hospital, new data suggests.
The majority of sore throats do not need antibiotics and medicated lozenges may only help to reduce pain by a small amount, NICE says.
NICE is developing two new guidelines to help tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
NICE wants people who show signs of sepsis to be treated with the same urgency given to those with suspected heart attacks.
Using the C-reactive protein blood test can help GPs determine whether a person with a chest infection has pneumonia and should be treated with antibiotics, NICE says.
NICE is advising healthcare professionals use dipstick urine tests to decide whether to give children antibiotics for suspected urinary tract infections (UTI).
Churchill Medical Centre has won the 2014 NICE Shared Learning Award for its work in reducing antibiotic prescribing for coughs and colds in primary care.
A long-term solution to antibiotic resistance can only be achieved if we act now, an expert has warned.
NICE is to develop over 70 new public health quality standards on topics ranging from antibiotic prescribing to domestic violence, following the latest topic referral from the Department of Health.
NICE is to develop a library of public health quality standards, in areas ranging from heatwave planning to sexual health, and is inviting stakeholders to comment on exactly which topics should be referred to NICE to develop.
New NICE guidance will help GPs, specialists and other health professionals spot a potential diagnosis of Lyme disease.
People who drink too much should be sent for scans to detect early liver disease, says NICE
NICE has issued new advice to help doctors quickly spot Lyme disease, so they can offer people NHS treatment as soon as possible.
For the first time NICE is giving specific advice for doctors and nurses about when and how to prescribe antibiotics for conditions such as sore throats and colds.
Healthcare professionals should wash their hands before and after seeing every patient to help prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA and C difficile in the NHS.
The NHS should prioritise the treatment of babies with suspected early-onset neonatal infection and use antibiotics sensibly to avoid developing resistance to the drugs, according to latest NICE guidance.
Fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by doctors in England for the first time, new data shows.
The NHS is being urged to tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance by cutting back on unnecessary use of the drugs.
Redesigning prescriptions to include information on drugs or drug classes that patients with known drug allergy should avoid, can reduce the risk of allergic reactions says NICE.
Dr Angela Houston, Consultant in Infection, discusses ways that St George’s University Hospitals have been tackling tuberculosis.
NICE has published new guidance to help healthcare professionals optimise the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Latest guidelines on preventing early birth will be “instrumental” in improving outcomes for babies born prematurely and their mothers, a leading charity says.
NICE’s database of ‘do not do’ recommendations is a resource that doctors should use to reduce waste in the NHS, according to a new report.
Jacob tells us how NICE guidance has helped him to decide when to give antibiotics and why this is important.
In his latest post, NICE Chair Professor David Haslam discusses the value of leadership in the NHS.
Melissa has woken up with a cold. She feels terrible, but she thinks she should still attend her university classes.
To mark this year's European Antibiotic Awareness Day, we outline how our guidance can help tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance by cutting back on unnecessary use of the drugs.
Nicola tells us why she is glad her daughter was not given antibiotics for her ear infection.
NICE is urging GPs to manage most common ear infections with pain relief rather than antibiotics.
NICE?s latest quality standard on bacterial meningitis in children and young people can help GPs and other primary care professionals spot early signs and symptoms of the condition.
Antibiotics should not be prescribed to prevent infective endocarditis - a potentially fatal heart infection, NICE has reaffirmed.
NICE is advising healthcare professionals to tell their patients that a sinus infection will likely clear-up without antibiotics and that there is little evidence oral decongestants will help to relieve their symptoms.
Antibiotic resistance could kill ten million people a year by 2050, a stark government report has warned.
Healthcare professionals should encourage sensible use of antibiotics and cut back on unnecessary prescribing of the drugs to help tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance, says NICE.
The discovery of antibiotics and its consequent impact on the treatment of illness is widely seen as a breakthrough in medical care.
A short summary of guidance and advice that generated the most interest during the second half of 2015.
How NICE Pathways can provide fast and easy access to NICE guidance and products for primary care health professionals.
Up to half of samples of urinary tract infections in children are resistant to common antibiotics, new research has shown.