Antibiotic and diagnostic quick reference tools

Summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance - managing common infections

A summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance in easy to use quick reference tables produced by Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Content covered by PHE was developed in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the British Infection Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners to be used for managing common infections, for consultation and local adaptation. The guidance covers the appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungals. Topics include:

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Infections
  • Genital Tract Infection
  • Meningitis
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections 
  • Eye Infections
  • Dental Infections

Laboratory diagnosis and treatment tools

A series of quick reference tools for diagnosis of infectious disease including knowing when to use the microbiology laboratory and how to understand results. Quick reference tools are available for the following:

 

Fungal Skin and Nails

Guidance for primary care on taking samples for diagnosing and treating fungal skin and nail infections; for consultation and adaptation. 

This guidance explains:

The fully referenced guide can be found here

Helicobacter pylori

Quick reference guide for primary care on how to test for and treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in dyspepsia. These documents aim to provide a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach for testing and treatment of Helicobacter pylori and to minimise the emergence of antibiotic resistance in the community.

The fully referenced guide can be found here

Infectious Diarrhoea

Guidance for primary care on collecting a stool specimen for laboratory examination of infectious diarrhoea, for consultation and local adaptation.

This guidance describes:

The fully referenced guide can be found here

Urinary Tract Infections

A series of quick reference tools to inform diagnosis and management of UTIs and understanding of results using: 

  • Symptoms and signs, 
  • Point of Care tests, 
  • The microbiology lab for culture and susceptibility

Resources include:

Chlamydia trachomatis – consultation draft

Summary

We're seeking views on updating the Chlamydia trachomatis diagnostic tool for primary care.

This consultation closes at 5 pm on 15 August 2021

Consultation description

We're inviting feedback on a draft updated version of 'Chlamydia trachomatis diagnostic tool for primary care'.

The tool provides a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach to the management and laboratory  diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis that minimises antibiotic resistance.

This draft version is for consultation only and should not yet be used as a quick reference tool for the management of Chlamydia trachomatis.

Please complete the online feedback form to provide any comments. In your feedback, please specify your name and affiliation and provide any references and/or evidence to support your comments and suggested changes.

Feedback can also be emailed to TARGETAntibiotics@phe.gov.uk with the subject heading Chlamydia trachomatis: diagnostic tool for primary care consultation feedback 2021.

Documents

Previous version

Chlamydia trachomatis: diagnosis guide for primary care (previous version withdrawn in January 2019).

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge – consultation draft

Summary

We’re seeking views on an updated draft version of the Investigating Infection in Abnormal Vaginal Discharge: Quick reference tool for primary care.

This consultation closes at 5 pm on 15 August 2021.

Consultation description

We're inviting feedback on a draft updated version of 'Investigating Infection in Abnormal Vaginal Discharge: Quick reference tool for primary care'.

The tool provides a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach to the management and laboratory diagnosis of abnormal vaginal discharge that minimises antibiotic resistance.

This draft version is for consultation only and should not yet be used as a quick reference tool for the management of abnormal vaginal discharge.

Please complete the online feedback form to provide any comments. In your feedback, please specify your name and affiliation and provide any references and/or evidence to support your comments and suggested changes.

Feedback can also be emailed to TARGETAntibiotics@phe.gov.uk with the subject heading ‘AVD Quick reference tool for primary care consultation feedback 2021’.

Documents

Previous version

Abnormal vaginal discharge: management and laboratory diagnosis guide for primary care (previous version withdrawn in January 2019)

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