The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has launched a new e-Tool for health care professionals that aims to improve the assessment and management of infants with suspected bacterial meningitis.
The charity launched the teaching package at their 2017 conference in London, which includes a neonatal e-Tool to assist professionals in being able to rapidly diagnose and treat bacterial meningitis in infants.
In a study*, funded by MRF, it was found that bacterial meningitis in infants may not be diagnosed quickly enough by medical professionals.
Commenting on the e-learning tool, Chief Executive of MRF Vinny Smith said: “With babies being one of the most at risk groups for bacterial meningitis, we are dedicated to helping improving diagnosis and treatment in this vulnerable age group.
Research is highlighting why it is so difficult for parents and health professionals alike to recognise the non-specific symptoms in young infants, and more importantly what can be done about it.”
The e-Tool learning package includes resources to help health care professionals recognise the clinical features of bacterial meningitis in young infants, a lumbar puncture information sheet, and an algorithm to aid management of bacterial meningitis.
“The study by experts at St George’s recommended a targeted campaign for education and harmonisation of practice. In response, MRF has worked with the study investigators and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to create a teaching package to aid best practice. The educational package has been piloted by paediatricians and we hope that it can ultimately improve outcomes for young infants and their families,” Vinny Smith added.
The e-Tool kit can be found here.
*Okike IO, Ladhani SN, Anthony M, et al. Assessment of healthcare delivery in the early management of bacterial meningitis in UK young infants: an observational study. BMJ Open 2017;7:e015700. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015700
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