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Suspected sepsis: summary of NICE guidance

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4030 (Published 11 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4030
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Re: Suspected sepsis: summary of NICE guidance

Thanks to Dr Rennie for this comment.
In fact, the picture of rash in a case of meningococcal sepsis was found for us by the BMJ picture editor.
A small patch of purpura is clearly visible near the right axilla, although the main picture shows a more non-specific rash. This picture exemplifies the variable nature of meningococcal rashes – some patients have no rash, some a petechial rash and some the characteristic purpura.

Competing interests: I am co-author of the paper in question and was Chair of the NICE Guideline Development Group for GC51

15 August 2016
Saul N. Faust
Professor of Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases
University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR Wellcome Trust Clincial Research Facility, UHS NHS FT, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD