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NICE Guidance - August 2020

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published new or updated guidance for the month of August 2020. This month is one guideline and one COVID-19 rapid guideline that impact upon primary care.

The Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment guideline has been updated. It covers preventing and treating surgical site infections in adults, young people and children who are having a surgical procedure involving a cut through the skin. It focuses on methods used before, during and after surgery to minimise the risk of infection. This update links to new guidance on perioperative care.

The COVID-19 rapid guideline: children and young people who are immunocompromised guideline has been updated. It aims to maximise the safety of children and young people who are immunocompromised during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to protect staff from infection and enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. The update removes a link to withdrawn government guidance on safeguarding.

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