CHILDREN - Empirical antibiotic therapy

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A guideline is intended to assist healthcare professionals in the choice of disease-specific treatments.

Clinical judgement should be exercised on the applicability of any guideline, influenced by individual patient characteristics. Clinicians should be mindful of the potential for harmful polypharmacy and increased susceptibility to adverse drug reactions in patients with multiple morbidities or frailty.

If, after discussion with the patient or carer, there are good reasons for not following a guideline, it is good practice to record these and communicate them to others involved in the care of the patient.

Empirical antibiotic therapy in children: NHS Highland

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 31 December 2017

Next review: 31 December 2019

Author Email(s): high-uhb.tam@nhs.net

Approved By: Antimicrobial Utilisation Committee

Reviewer Name(s): Dr Helen Freeman, Consultant Physician