We are very pleased to write a foreword for the fourth edition of the Blue Book on Childhood infections. The last edition was around five years ago and this new edition has again been re-written and updated. The book provides a clinical evidence-based handbook approach to the management of both common and unusual infections in children. The Editorial Board has nearly 200 authors writing the 120 chapters of this new edition. The book has been written by paediatricians, microbiologists, and a wide range of international experts in paediatric infectious disease. The book is aimed at both trainee and practising hospital- and community-based paediatricians, nursing, and other medical staff caring for children in the United Kingdom, Europe, and internationally. It aims to provide an up-to-date reference guide including common differential diagnoses, medical management, and information on over 100 medicines. The aim of the book is to improve the evidence-based management to a child’s infection. This new edition has short abstracts, key references, and key learning points which are now fully updated. Recent immunisation campaigns have substantially reduced rates of serious bacterial infection in children yet new and emerging infections remain a very serious concern. Rates of hospital-acquired infection are now a serious threat to children and much remains to be done to reduce nosocomial infection. Antimicrobial resistance has been flagged by the World Health Organization as one of the three greatest threats to human health. New chapters on antimicrobial stewardship demonstrate the way forward for reducing the inappropriate antibiotic prescribing that drives this very serious problem. The development of an eBook format now provides a bedside approach to the practical management of common infections. All paediatricians should be encouraged to manage a child’s infection using this practical, simple evidence-based approach.
Print Length: 912 pages
4 edition (April 7, 2016)