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Sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG84)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sore throat. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute sore throat is often caused by a virus, lasts for about a week, and most people get better without antibiotics. Withholding antibiotics rarely leads to complications.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published January 2018

Cough (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG120)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute cough associated with an upper respiratory tract infection or acute bronchitis in adults, young people and children. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published February 2019

Bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis), acute exacerbation: antimicrobial prescribing (NG117)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for managing and preventing acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis). It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published December 2018

Otitis media (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG91)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute otitis media (ear infection). It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute otitis media can be caused by viruses or bacteria. It lasts for about a week, and most children get better in 3 days without antibiotics. Serious complications are rare.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published March 2018

Sinusitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG79)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sinusitis. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a virus, lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks, and most people get better without antibiotics. Withholding antibiotics rarely leads to complications.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2017

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (acute exacerbation): antimicrobial prescribing (NG114)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published December 2018

Urinary tract infection (recurrent): antimicrobial prescribing (NG112)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Pyelonephritis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG111)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute pyelonephritis (upper urinary tract infection) in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Prostatitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing (NG110)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute prostatitis. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Urinary tract infection (catheter-associated): antimicrobial prescribing (NG113)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for catheter-associated urinary tract infection in children, young people and adults. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published November 2018

Urinary tract infection (lower): antimicrobial prescribing (NG109)

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for lower urinary tract infection (also called cystitis) in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline Published October 2018

Clostridium difficile infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10144] Expected publication date: TBC

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Insect bites and stings: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10136] Expected publication date: TBC

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Human and animal bites: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10137] Expected publication date: TBC

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Cellulitis and erysipelas: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10131] Expected publication date: 27 September 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Diabetic foot infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10132] Expected publication date: 11 October 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Leg ulcer infection: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10133] Expected publication date: 13 December 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Impetigo: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10134] Expected publication date: 14 February 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Secondary infection of common skin conditions including eczema: antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10135] Expected publication date: 13 October 2020

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Pneumonia (hospital-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10129] Expected publication date: 16 September 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Pneumonia (community-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing

In development [GID-NG10130] Expected publication date: 16 September 2019

Antimicrobial prescribing guideline In development

Atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease: self-monitoring coagulation status using point-of-care coagulometers (the CoaguChek XS system) (DG14)

Evidence-based recommendations on point-of-care coagulometers (the CoaguChek XS system) to self-monitor blood clotting

Diagnostics guidance Published September 2014 Last updated December 2017

ImmunoCAP ISAC 112 and Microtest for multiplex allergen testing (DG24)

Evidence-based recommendations on ImmunoCAP ISAC 112 and Microtest for multiplex allergen testing to diagnose allergy and predict the risk of allergic reaction

Diagnostics guidance Published May 2016

Virtual chromoendoscopy to assess colorectal polyps during colonoscopy (DG28)

Evidence-based recommendations on virtual chromoendoscopy (VCE) using NBI, FICE or i-scan to assess colorectal polyps of 5 mm or less during colonoscopy

Diagnostics guidance Published May 2017

Multiple frequency bioimpedance devices to guide fluid management in people with chronic kidney disease having dialysis (DG29)

Evidence-based recommendations on multi frequency bioimpedance devices to guide fluid management for people with chronic kidney disease having dialysis

Diagnostics guidance Published June 2017

Quantitative faecal immunochemical tests to guide referral for colorectal cancer in primary care (DG30)

Evidence-based recommendations on quantitative faecal immunochemical tests (OC Sensor, HM-JACKarc and FOB Gold) to guide GP referral for colorectal cancer

Diagnostics guidance Published July 2017

VivaScope 1500 and 3000 imaging systems for detecting skin cancer lesions (DG19)

Evidence-based recommendations on VivaScope 1500 and 3000 imaging systems for detecting skin cancer lesions

Diagnostics guidance Published November 2015

Tests for rapidly identifying bloodstream bacteria and fungi (LightCycler SeptiFast Test MGRADE, SepsiTest and IRIDICA BAC BSI assay) (DG20)

Evidence-based recommendations on the LightCycler SeptiFast Test MGRADE, SepsiTest and IRIDICA BAC BSI assay for identifying bloodstream bacteria and fungi

Diagnostics guidance Published February 2016

The EOS 2D/3D imaging system (DG1)

Evidence-based recommendations on the EOS 2D/3D imaging system for radiological examinations

Diagnostics guidance Published October 2011

Measuring fractional exhaled nitric oxide concentration in asthma: NIOX MINO, NIOX VERO and NObreath (DG12)

Evidence-based recommendations on the NIOX MINO, NIOX VERO and Nobreath devices to measure fractional exhaled nitric oxide concentration in asthma

Diagnostics guidance Published April 2014

Faecal calprotectin diagnostic tests for inflammatory diseases of the bowel (DG11)

Evidence-based recommendations on faecal calprotectin diagnostic tests for inflammatory diseases of the bowel

Diagnostics guidance Published October 2013

High-throughput non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal RHD genotype (DG25)

Evidence-based recommendations on high-throughput non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal RHD genotype

Diagnostics guidance Published November 2016

SonoVue (sulphur hexafluoride microbubbles) – contrast agent for contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of the liver (DG5)

Evidence-based recommendations on theSonoVue (sulphur hexafluoride microbubbles) contrast agent for contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of the liver

Diagnostics guidance Published August 2012

Depth of anaesthesia monitors – Bispectral Index (BIS), E-Entropy and Narcotrend-Compact M (DG6)

Evidence-based recommendations on the Bispectral Index (BIS), E-Entropy and Narcotrend-Compact M depth of anaesthesia monitors

Diagnostics guidance Published November 2012

Tests in secondary care to identify people at high risk of ovarian cancer (DG31)

Evidence-based recommendations on tests (IOTA ADNEX, Overa, RMI I, ROMA, IOTA Simple Rules) in secondary care to identify people at high risk of ovarian cancer

Diagnostics guidance Published November 2017

Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities: the DYSIS colposcope with DYSISmap and the ZedScan I (DG32)

Evidence-based recommendations on DYSIS colposcope with DYSISmap and ZedScan I for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities in people having colposcopy

Diagnostics guidance Published April 2018

Biomarker tests to help diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranes (DG33)

Evidence-based recommendations on biomarker tests (Actim Partus, PartoSure, Rapid fFN 10Q Cassette) to diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranes

Diagnostics guidance Published July 2018

Lead-I ECG devices for detecting symptomatic atrial fibrillation using single time point testing in primary care (DG35)

Evidence-based recommendations on lead-I ECG devices for detecting symptomatic atrial fibrillation using single time point testing in primary care

Diagnostics guidance Published May 2019

Molecular testing strategies for Lynch syndrome in people with colorectal cancer (DG27)

Evidence-based recommendations on immunohistochemistry/microsatellite instability testing to guide tests for Lynch syndrome in people with colon cancer

Diagnostics guidance Published February 2017

Detecting, managing and monitoring haemostasis: viscoelastometric point‑of‑care testing (ROTEM, TEG and Sonoclot systems) (DG13)

Evidence-based recommendations on viscoelastometric point-of-care testing (ROTEM, TEG and Sonoclot systems) to detect, manage and monitor haemostasis

Diagnostics guidance Published August 2014

Fluorouracil chemotherapy: The My5‑FU assay for guiding dose adjustment (DG16)

Evidence-based recommendations on the My5-FU assay for guiding dose adjustment for fluorouracil chemotherapy

Diagnostics guidance Published December 2014