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Managing common infections summary
We've worked with Public Health England (PHE) to bring together our information on managing infections. New NICE guidance will be added as it's published. We'll also show where new guidance is in development.
Each organisation uses different processes to develop their guidance:
- the interim process guide outlines the process used to develop NICE guidelines
- PHE's process is briefly outlined in their context, references and rationales document with further information available on request.
This is the first time both sets of national guidance have been brought together. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback, This could help us improve future versions.
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The summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance – managing common infections is currently hosted by BNF Publications on behalf of NICE and Public Health England.
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Why is our guidance and advice needed?
The World Health Organization says 'antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective'.
Resistance to antimicrobials is complex and increasing. There is a growing risk that infections may not be treatable in the future, combined with a lack of new antimicrobial medicines.
The Department of Health and Social Care asked us to develop guidelines to help slow antimicrobial resistance. These guidelines are evidence-based and clinical syndrome specific.
When we as health professionals are discussing treatments for common infections with patients, it is important to talk about the benefits and harms of prescribing antibiotics. This includes the risks of antimicrobial resistance and the threat this poses to public health.Tessa Lewis, GP and Chair of the managing common infections advisory committee
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News on this topic
NICE has updated its managing COVID-19 guideline to include new recommendations on using monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 patients in hospital.
NICE has updated its advice on two therapeutics for managing COVID-19 – remdesivir and colchicine.
One year on from the first national lockdown, NICE has today (23 March) published a single guideline for the management of COVID-19 in children and adults.
Blogs on this topic
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.
Putting guidance into practice
Examples of how our guidance and standards have been put into practice in the NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector and a range of other organisations.
Showing 3 of 20 shared learning examples for this topic:
When should we prescribe antibiotics?
In this podcast:
- We chat to Dr Tessa Lewis, Chair of the NICE antimicrobial prescribing guidance committee. We also talk to John Morris, a lay expert.
- Diana Ashiru-Oredope from Public Health England explains why antimicrobial resistance is so important and how pharmacists can help.