Neonatal Sepsis: 2021 NICE Guidance Update

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Complete: 08/09/2021 Complete 04/11/2021 Current Phase


Suitable for anyone who works with neonates.
Takes 15-20 minutes
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Updated NICE guidance was published on neonatal infection in April 2021. Their aim is to reduce the number of baby’s exposed to antibiotics unnecessarily, but to provide a conservative enough approach to their risk stratification, that infants who are unwell are identified early. The guideline also provides advice on infants at risk of delayed onset sepsis. This cohort will require a slightly different approach to assessment and management, which is detailed below.

Course director

Bex Treleaven

PaedsHub Digital Learning Fellow
ST3 Speciality Trainee in Paediatrics

Maria Tsakmakis

Consultant Neonatologist
North Bristol NHS Trust

Learning objectives

  • Identify which babies are at risk of infection
  • Identify who requires treatment and who can be monitored
  • Identify the changes between the new guideline and the previous recommendations from NICE
  • How to manage late onset neonatal infection
  • Review the Kaiser Permanente calculator and NICE’s statements on its use 

Level 1
  • Carries out an assessment, makes a differential diagnosis, plans appropriate investigations and initiates a treatment plan in accordance with national and local policies. D04: L1
  • Demonstrates the ability to follow the local and national clinical guidelines and protocols. D08; L1
  • Demonstrates the professional behaviours and attitudes required of doctors (and outlined in Good Medical Practice) within the scope of knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork, and the maintenance of trust. D01; L1
Level 2
  • Understands the evidence base for treatment and assessment strategies, their limitations and when to act outside them with senior support. D04: L2

Level 3
  • Diagnoses and supervises treatment in the common patholgies seen in babies and CYP. D04: L3
  • Applies understanding of national and local regulatory bodies, particularly those involved in standards of professional behaviour, clinical practice and education, training and assessment. D08; L3

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