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.

Note the recent publication by Scottish Animicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) on antibiotic prescribing guidance for Clostridiodes difficile infection in children along with a decision tool. These links have been added to the CDI section in TAM.  

Empirical antibiotic therapy in children: NHS Highland

Last reviewed: 03 March 2022

Next review: 03 March 2025

Approved By: Antimicrobial Utilisation Committee

Reviewer Name(s): Consultant Physician

Document Id: AMT104