GPs often fail to give early parenteral benzylpenicillin in suspected meningococcal infection

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1538 (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1538
  1. David Irwin,
  2. James M Miller,
  3. S John Cornell
  1. Consultant in communicable disease control Senior registrar in public health medicine Registrar in public health medicine Rotherham Health Authority, Rotherham S5 2QU

    EDITOR,—Recent national guidelines and communications from the chief medical officer have emphasised the importance of early benzylpenicillin in the management of suspected invasive meningococcal disease.1 Such action may prove life saving.2 The only contraindication for the use of benzylpenicillin in such circumstances is anaphylaxis after previous treatment with penicillin.1

    In a recent study Colbridge et …

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