The British National Formulary for Children 2009 has been updated, published and made available online.
Hard copies can be ordered from the publishers however many NHS staff will already have received a free hard copy through usual channels and can also access the online version at http://www.bnfc.nhs.uk.
Updates in this revision include:
- Management of acute asthma: A new table summarises the latest information on the management of acute asthma
- Chapter 14: Immunological products and vaccines: The chapter on immunological products and vaccines has been updated and reformatted for ease of use
- Influenza: BNFC summarises the latest guidance on the prevention and treatment of influenza, and includes recommendations on the use of osteltamivir in children under 1 year
- Otitis media and hospital-acquired pneumonia: Guidance on the antibacterial treatment of otitis media and hospital-acquired pneumonia has been updated
- Nutrition: New tables have been introduced on enteral feeds and nutritional supplements for infants and older children
- Intravenous infusions for neonatal intensive care: A new appendix on intravenous infusions for neonatal intensive care has been added
- Caffeine: Safe practice advice has been introduced on the use of caffeine
- Tacrolimus: Healthcare professionals are alerted to the danger of switching between different preparations of tacrolimus
- How BNFC is constructed: This new section provides valuable insight into how the national prescribing resource is constructed
Action: BNFC is the primary source of prescribing information when prescribing to all children up to the age of 18 years.