Doctors in training

Lessons from research for doctors in training

Lessons from research for doctors in training: recognition and early management of meningococcal disease in children and young people

by Dr Nelly Ninis, St Mary's Hospital, London; Dr Simon Nadel, St Mary's Hospital, London; Linda Glennie, Meningitis Research Foundation

Endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the College of Emergency Medicine, this booklet has been updated in line with NICE guideline CG102 and uses real-life case histories as a learning tool.

The aims of this handbook are to show doctors in training:

  • The use clinical examples to teach about the signs of septicaemia and meningitis
  • To clarify the important differences between meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia
  • To outline the basic management of meningococcal septicaemia in line with the algorithm Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children and Young People
  • To describe the clinical pathophysiology of meningococcal disease.

The booklet can be ordered from the Foundation free of charge by visiting our on-line resource centre  

The booklet  is provided here as a PDF.

There is also an interactive e-learning tool version that enables doctors to learn from real cases of meningitis and septicaemia. It is based on a nationwide study , funded by the Foundation, that showed us where doctors make errors in diagnosis and management. Integrating text, video clips, clinical photos, sound files, charts, and illustrations, the CDRom allows the user to evaluate steps in the diagnosis and management of each case presented.

Access the e-learning tool

Note in these web based version there is a MHRA safety update: avoid first line use of ceftriaxone where calcium infusion may be used