Infective gastroenteritis

  • Take infection prevention and control precautions.
  • Frequently self limiting and may not be bacterial.
  • Antibacterials are¬†not¬†usually indicated.
  • If bloody diarrhoea, severe systemic upset, immunocompromised patient or returning traveller discuss with medical microbiology or infectious disease specialist.
  • Send faecal samples, and blood for culture if pyrexial.
  • Consider immune deficiency and testing for HIV.