UK – Updated NICE guidance recommends more targeting of antibiotics to those at the highest risk of suspected sepsis 

NICE has today (Wednesday, 31 January) recommended better targeting of antibiotics for suspected sepsis to ensure the right people receive treatment as soon as possible but the medicines are not overused, which can lead to antibiotic resistance.

National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) is the NHS England endorsed system to identify acutely ill patients, including those with sepsis.

NICE guidance recommends using NEWS2 to help assess people with suspected sepsis who are aged 16 or over, are not and have not recently been pregnant, and are in an acute hospital setting, acute mental health setting or ambulance. ..