|Abstract||This protocol is for doctors in A&E, Paediatrics, Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Anaesthetics and General Medicine in the UK. Meningococcal disease may progress very rapidly and has a mortality of up to 50% in the most severely ill cases. Early recognition, aggressive resuscitation, specialist advice and transfer to PICU can reduce this mortality to less than 5%. The protocol has been developed as a result of experience of 425 paediatric cases of meningococcal disease referred to St Mary's PICU from 72 different hospitals over six years.|
Publication history information: Guideline published more than 5 years ago, but publisher has confirmed the guideline's continued validity (March 2005).