The Northern Ireland Management of Infection Guidelines for Primary and Community Care reflect these guidelines. They are available on the ‘Microguide App’ for mobile devices or via the Northern Ireland Formulary website at:
These guidelines will also support the work of HSC Trusts in their antibiotic stewardship.
It is important to note that the advice contained within the guidance does not override or replace the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of their individual patients, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer. This would, for example, include situations where individual patients have other conditions or complications that need to be taken into account in determining whether the NICE guidance is fully appropriate in their case.
The following Antimicrobial Guidelines have been endorsed by DoH:
NG190 - Secondary bacterial infection of eczema and other common skin conditions: antimicrobial prescribing Note this guideline updates and replaces some recommendations on managing infections in NICE Clinical Guideline CG57, which was endorsed by the DoH in July 2008.