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Prehospital parenteral penicillin for meningitis: Trial in children with suspected meningococcal disease would be useful

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1451
  1. D Graham Mackenzie, specialist registrar in public health (,
  2. Charles J P Saunders, consultant in public health medicine,
  3. Diptendu N Bhattacharyya, infectious disease consultant,
  4. Chris R Steer, consultant paediatrician
  1. Cameron House, Windygates, Leven, Fife KY8 5RG
  2. Hayfield House, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY2 5AH

    EDITOR—Harnden et al's study raises important questions about the role of prehospital parenteral penicillin in children with meningococcal disease.1 Their paper and accompanying statistical comment have shown the potential importance of excluding patients who would never have been considered for treatment. However, their study design is likely to have excluded a group of children with suspected meningococcal disease who were given prehospital …

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