The objective of these practice
guidelines is to provide clinicians with recommendations for the diagnosis and
treatment of bacterial meningitis. Patients with bacterial meningitis are
usually treated by primary care and emergency medicine physicians at the time
of initial presentation, often in consultation with infectious diseases
specialists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons. In contrast to many other
infectious diseases, the antimicrobial therapy for bacterial meningitis is not
always based on randomized, prospective, double-blind clinical trials, but
rather on data initially obtained from experimental animal models of
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*This guideline has been split into two
separate guidelines. The nosocomial guideline is under development. For
recommendations on community acquired, please see the original guideline in 2004.
*Estimated publication of Nosocomial guideline, Spring 2017.