5 Reassessment and specialist advice

5 Reassessment and specialist advice

5.1 Reassess patients if their symptoms do not improve as expected, or worsen rapidly or significantly.

5.2 Seek specialist advice if:

  • there is a suspicion that the patient has an infection with multidrug-resistant bacteria and may need a different antibiotic, or

  • there is clinical or microbiological evidence of infection and the patient's condition does not improve as expected after 48 to 72 hours of antibiotic treatment.