Barriers to implementing the NICE guidelines for early-onset neonatal infection: cross-sectional survey of neonatal blood culture reporting by laboratories in the UK

S. P. Paul*, E. M. Caplan, H. A. Morgan, P. C. Turner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidelines for managing early-onset neonatal infections in 2012. It recommended provision for reporting blood cultures (BCs) with growth detected or not detected at 36 h. To determine if this was followed, a telephone survey was conducted amongst lead biomedical scientists based at microbiology laboratories (N = 209) in the UK. Overall, 202/209 responded and 139/202 had on-site facilities for BCs. BC results with growth detected or not detected at 36 h were available out-of-hours in 36/139 (26.6%) and 66/139 (47.5%) neonatal units, respectively. Early discontinuation of antibiotics should lead to improved antibiotic stewardship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-428
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume98
Issue number4
Early online date16 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Gentamicin
  • Neonatal blood culture reporting
  • NICE guidelines
  • Premature infants

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