– Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at Nice
Early-onset neonatal infection can be very serious and, at present, there is much variation in how it is managed, with sometimes unnecessary delays in recognising and treating sick babies. Many babies are receiving antibiotics needlessly, and consequently there is concern that the effectiveness of antibiotics is being reduced because of the development of resistance to them. I am sure this new guideline will be welcomed as a useful tool for all those healthcare professionals working in this area.
- Early-onset neonatal infection occurs within 72 hours of birth
- Causes the death of one in four babies who are diagnosed, even when they are given antibiotics
- Nice's recommendations have now urged medical staff to treat infected babies within an hour of diagnosis
- The watchdog also says antibiotics should be used appropriately to avoid the development of bacterial resistance to treatment.
The healthcare watchdog says some hospitals are causing unnecessary delays in treating newborn babies suffering from infections.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published new guidance after finding variations in the treatment of babies with early-onset neonatal infection.
NICE found delays in recognising and treating sick babies, while many newborns were at risk of becoming resistant to treatment after "needlessly" receiving antibiotics.