Quality statement 6 (placeholder): Antibiotic treatment for late-onset neonatal infection
A placeholder statement is an area of care that was prioritised by the quality standards advisory committee but for which no source guidance was available. A placeholder statement indicated the need for evidence-based guidance to be developed in this area.
Late-onset neonatal infection (infection arising more than 72 hours after birth) has a higher incidence than early-onset neonatal infection (infection arising within 72 hours of birth) and the spectrum of causative microorganisms is broader than in early-onset infection. A quality statement on the appropriate use of antibiotics in late-onset neonatal bacterial infection could help to improve clinical outcomes for babies and reduce the likelihood of antimicrobial resistance in babies and neonatal units.
The updated NICE guideline on neonatal infection now includes recommendations on antibiotics for late-onset neonatal infection and duration of antibiotic treatment for late-onset neonatal infection. This placeholder statement will be updated when this quality standard is next reviewed.