Resources for health professionals and their patients

Online and interactive meningitis resources for all health professionals who work with patients affected by meningitis and septicaemia.

Resources can be downloaded for free anywhere in the world and many printed versions are free to order if you are in the UK or Ireland.

Resources include treatment protocols and symptoms information, as well as general patient awareness materials. 

All resources have been developed in consultation with health professionals.

Information for health professionals in the hospital setting

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Junior doctor handbook

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

For: Junior Doctors
 

Endorsed by: RCPCH and the College of Emergency Medicine
 
A booklet to help doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of​ and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.

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eLearning tool

Clinician's guide to recognition and early management of meningococcal disease in children

For:
Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine
 
Endorsed by: RCPCH

This is an educational tool, not an evidence-based guideline.  It provides an opportunity to learn from real cases from the research study, using individual case histories as a basis for discussion and learning. The cases are presented in interactive question and answer format, linked to text, photos and audio. 
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Children and young people treatment protocol posters - UK

Management of meningococcal disease and management of bacterial meningitis in children and young people

For: Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine in the UK

Endorsed by: RCPCH
 
Two posters updating the original St Mary's/MRF protocol 'Early Management of Meningococcal Disease' in line with NICE guideline CG102.

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Adult treatment protocol poster

Early management of suspected bacterial meningitis and meningococcal sepsis in immunocompetent adults

For:
Doctors in A&E, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases and General Medicine
 
The algorithm focuses specifically on minimising delays in diagnosis and administration of antibiotics, appropriate use of monitoring, investigations, critical care facilities and management of the complications of the disease, primarily shock and raised intracranial pressure. As most adults with bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia present to clinicians with little experience of these conditions, the algorithm aids early recognition, stabilisation and institution of specific therapeutic measures, which are crucial to patient outcome.

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Frontline (triage) nurses card - UK

Vital signs for frontline Nurses – Early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia

For:
Frontline (Triage) Nurses in the UK
 
Endorsed by: RCN

This card focuses on the measurement of vital signs to detect the underlying symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

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Frontline (triage) nurses card - Ireland

Vital signs for frontline nurses – Early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia

For: 
Frontline (Triage) Nurses in Ireland
 
Endorsed by: Endorsed by: Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

This card focuses on the measurement of vital signs to detect the underlying symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

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A discharge checklist - England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in children: A discharge checklist​

For:
Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
 
This checklist has been developed in consultation with clinicians with many years’ experience of treating and following up children after bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.
 
It incorporates NICE CG102 and QS19 and can be filed in the patient’s notes, allowing the clinician to document that recovery information has been relayed to families and appropriate assessment and review procedures have been followed.

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A discharge checklist - Scotland

Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in children: A discharge checklist

For:
Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine in Scotland
 
This checklist has been developed in consultation with clinicians with many years’ experience of treating and following up children after bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.
 
It incorporates NICE CG102 and QS19 and can be filed in the patient’s notes, allowing the clinician to document that recovery information has been relayed to families and appropriate assessment and review procedures have been followed.

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Ambulance personnel card

Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia – Identification and management for ambulance personnel

For: Ambulance Personnel in England, Scotland and Wales
 
Card to help ambulance personnel identify and manage meningococcal septicaemia in patients they are transporting to hospital.

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Information for health professionals working in primary care

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GP booklet - UK

Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia guidance notes: Diagnosis and treatment in General Practice

For: General Practitioners in the UK
 
Endorsed by: BMA
 
A booklet to help in the recognition of meningococcal disease, particularly in the early stage, emphasising key factors to identify severely ill patients.
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GP booklet - Ireland

Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia guidance notes: Diagnosis and treatment in General Practice

For: General Practitioners in Ireland
 
Endorsed by: IGCP
 
A booklet to help in the recognition of meningococcal disease, particularly in the early stage, emphasising key factors to identify severely ill patients.
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Community practitioners booklet - UK

Vital signs, vital issues

For:
Community practitioners in the UK
 
Endorsed by: RCN
 
A booklet to assist with early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia; to inform about meningitis vaccines and the diseases they prevent, and to help practitioners reassure parents about vaccine safety.

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Symptoms and disease information for patients

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Student poster

For: Young people 15 - 25

Teenagers and young adults are the next most at risk age group after the under 5s.

This poster raises awareness of meningitis and septicaemia and their symptoms.

Available to order online in the UK and Ireland
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Symptoms Alert!

For: The General Public in the UK and Ireland

A3 poster to help identify the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in all age groups.

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Meningitis and Septicaemia: Know the Symptoms

For: The General Public

A3 poster to help identify the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in all age groups.

Available to order online in the UKand Ireland
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Meningitis Baby Watch

For: Parents and other carers of babies and very small children 

Babies have a higher risk of meningitis than any other age group.

This award winning pictorial representation of symptoms assists parents and other carers to recognise meningitis and septicaemia in babies and too young to explain how they are feeling.

Updated from the largest current national study of meningitis in newborn, funded by MRF.

Available as A6 card and A3 poster to order online in the UKand Ireland
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Symptoms cards

For: All

Straight forward list of meningitis and septicaemia symptoms which fit handily into a wallet or purse - credit card sizedAvailable to order online in the UK and Ireland
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Race Against Time

For: All

A symptoms leaflet addressing myths about meningitis and septicaemia.

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Tot Watch

For: Parents and other carers of toddlers and young children under five years of age

The under fives are the most vulnerable age group. This leaflet explains the early symptoms: limb pain, cold hands and feet, and pallor as well as more severe symptoms and the tumbler test.Available to order online in the UK and Ireland

Information for patients affected by meningitis and/or septicaemia

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Support for You

For: People affected by meningitis and septicaemia

Leaflet describing how MRF can help you or your patients after a case of meningitis and septicaemia.

Available to order online in the UK and Ireland
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Meningitis and septicaemia: What happens next?

For: People dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

This booklet gives information about potential after effects and was written with the help of health professionals representing the range of disciplines involved in looking after people recovering from meningitis and septicaemia.

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Your guide - Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia - UK

For: Parents and carers of children dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia in the UK

Jointly produced with Meningitis Now, this booklet has been written to help families following hospital discharge in the UK and provides in depth information about recovery, aftercare and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

Available to order online in the UK and Ireland
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Your guide - Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia - Ireland

For: Parents and carers of children dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia in Ireland

Jointly produced with Meningitis Now, this booklet has been written to help families following hospital discharge in the UK and provides in depth information about recovery, aftercare and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

Available to order online in the UK and Ireland
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Living with bereavement

For: People bereaved by meningitis and septicaemia.

leaflet about helping to cope with the death of someone important in your life.

Available to order online in the UKand Ireland

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