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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection,1 published in August 2012, recommends stopping antibiotics at 36 h in term babies who have had a ‘septic screen’, provided there is no growth of a pathogen from blood cultures, low inflammatory markers including two C reactive proteins, and the baby is clinically well. This has been our practice since October 2010. We have audited 1 year of data (October 2010–September 2011) and consider it safe practice. The results are as follows: In this year, 952 blood cultures were taken from babies within our catchment area; 291 …
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