The Journal of Infection has published new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in adults.
Although the incidents of meningitis and meningococcal sepsis in children have reduced recently the impact on adults remains. A recent study shows an increase in England and Wales in the incidence of meningitis in adults between 2004 and 2011.
The group who produced the guidelines included brain specialists, infection specialists, acute physicians and representatives from Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)
Linda Glennie (Head of research and Medical Information at MRF) who worked on the new guidelines said
Immunisation programmes have changed the incidence and causes of the disease in the UK; new diagnostic tests are now available; further research has been conducted into treatments; and the emergence of antibiotic resistance has prompted more responsible antibiotic use.”
The guidelines cover the management of adults with suspected and confirmed acute meningitis and meningococcal sepsis from pre-hospital care to post-discharge support including investigations, treatment and prevention.
For further information please refer to the MRF website.
If you or a member of your family have been diagnosed with meningitis and have any concerns in respect of the treatment received please contact our Clinical Negligence team on 0800 316 8892.