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Improving promptness of antibiotic treatment in meningococcal disease
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    Dear Editor,

    I was interested to read Dr de Andrade Nishioka’s letter. He wonders which interventions we should focus on to decrease the mortality from meningococcal disease. In a review of deaths from meningococcal disease, the most frequent and lengthy delays were parents not recognising that their child was seriously ill and doctors failing to make the diagnosis [1]. We therefore need to improve both of these. Early...

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    Indicators of mortality from meningococcal disease

    Dear Editor,

    Dr Riordam's study on promptness of antibiotic treatment for meningococcal disease revealed that "door to needle" time to administration of appropriate antibiotic for children decreased clearly from before to after a teaching intervention was given to nurses and doctors.[1] That this decrease occurred only for the children who had typical rash on arrival is not a surprise, given that the interventi...

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