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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is finalising the clinical practice guideline on antibiotics use for early-onset neonatal infection.1 The draft guideline compliments the national Antibiotic Stewardship Programme– Start Smart – then Focus2 by promoting stopping antibiotics at 36 h in infants without signs of infection and negative blood culture results, and switching from the recommended empiric broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment to a narrower-spectrum antibiotic regimen in consultation with microbiologists in those patients with infection.
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