Please follow the resource link below to the Joint Formulary information on antibiotic guidelines which include the following:
Patients who have been splenectomised or who have a spleen that does not function adequately (hyposplenism) are at risk of overwhelming infection from certain micro-organisms such as capsulate bacteria e.g. Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae serotype b and Neisseria meningitidis. This risk can be reduced by the provision of education to the patient, appropriate vaccination and prophylactic antibiotics providing pneumococcal cover. Details of all these are given in these guidelines.
These guidelines are equally applicable to hospitalised patients as well as to patients in the community. They are also applicable not only to individuals who have recently had their spleen removed but also to those patients that have been identified at a later date of having hyposplenism regardless of cause.
These guidelines are for use on adult patients and children.
Please follow the resource link below to the GHNHSFT's treatment guidelines.