The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of February 2019. This month there are two guidelines that impact upon primary care.
The Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies guideline has been updated. The recommendation on screening for German measles (rubella) has been removed as this is no longer offered by the NHS.
The Cough (acute): antimicrobial prescribing guideline has been published. It sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute cough associated with an upper respiratory tract infection or acute bronchitis in adults, young people and children. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of this month's new guidance and implement any necessary changes to practice.