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Clinical focus: Paediatric meningitis

Fever, headache, photophobia and neck stiffness — these are the classic symptoms of meningitis. But in children, young ones particularly, signs can be variable and non-specific, or may well be absent

Neisseria meningitidis can cause meningitis infection (CNRI  SPL)

Articles (Paediatric meningitis)

Clinical features and diagnosis
Fever, headache, photophobia and neck stiffness — these are the classic symptoms of meningitis. But in children, young ones particularly, signs can be variable and non-specific, or may well be absent
PDF (310K)

Treatment of bacterial infection
Children who develop bacterial meningitis must be treated swiftly to limit the risk of permanent neurological damage. Determining the right treatment depends on identifying the infecting organism  
PDF (360K)


July/August 2009’s questions are based on the CLINICAL FOCUS articles on paediatric meningitis, which were commissioned from independent authors.

The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

The questions can be viewed/printed as a PDF (40K)

Clinical Pharmacist Life-long learning


This online module is closed; the answers are here

How to undertake continuing professional development

Identify knowledge gaps

  • Which micro-organisms cause meningitis
  • How do these causative organisms vary according to the age of the patient
  • How are antibiotics, vaccines and other medicines used to combat paediatric meningitis


  • Read the CLINICAL FOCUS articles in this issue (pp307-317)


  • What have you learnt?
  • How has it added to the value of your practice?
  • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?

The questions on paediatric meningitis have been accredited by the College of Pharmacy Practice against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s general and hospital practice areas of competence, accessible via the Society’s continuing professional development website

Reading the CLINICAL FOCUS articles and completing the questions online will help readers to fulfil aspects of the following competency areas, depending on their area of practice and application of learning: G1, G5, G8, G9, HP1, HP2, HP4, HP5, HP10.

College of Pharmacy Practice

Completion of this Lifelong Learning module entitles undergraduates to one point towards the Professional Development Certificate, a joint initiative of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association and the college.

The assistance of the CPP is acknowledged in producing the CPD elements of July/August 2009’s CLINICAL FOCUS.

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10971155

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