22nd September 2020

NICE final guideline on insect bites and stings: antimicrobial prescribing.

NICE has published this final guideline: insect bites and stings – antimicrobial prescribing.

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for insect and spider bites and stings in adults, young people and children aged 72 hours and over, including those that occurred while travelling outside the UK. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

The recommendations from this guideline have been included in an interactive flowchart for bites and stings here: NICE Pathway

There is brief information about the guideline for people using services, carers and the public at ‘Information for the public’.

If you have any further queries, please contact Ian Pye (infections@nice.org.uk).

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