Joint Trust Clinical Guideline: Management of Vertebral Osteomyelitis Infective Discitis and Spinal Epidural Abscess in Adults v1
To ensure safe care of patients and provide appropriate guidance for practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of VOM ID and SEA.
To eliminate any ambiguity in the pathway for patients with VOM ID and SEA and to emphasise that transfer of care to the Spinal Surgery Team is usually not required.
To prevent unnecessary intra or inter hospital transfer of patients with VOM ID and SEA.
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