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NICE Guidance - August 2015

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new guidance for the month of August 2015. This month there are four clinical guidelines that impact upon primary care.

The Type 1 diabetes in adults guideline covers the care and treatment of adults (aged 18 and over) with type 1 diabetes. This guideline updates and replaces the sections for adults in NICE guideline CG15.

The Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) in children and young people guideline covers the diagnosis and management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young people aged under 18. The guideline recommends strict targets for blood glucose control to reduce the long-term risks associated with diabetes.

The Diabetic foot problems guideline covers prevention and management of foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. The guideline aims to reduce variation in practice.

The Antimicrobial stewardship guideline covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) in children, young people and adults. It aims to change prescribing practice to help slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ensure that antimicrobials remain an effective treatment for infection.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.

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