Table J.2Staff tasks

ResourceTime (mins)SourceStaff responsible
Giving intravenous druga10GDG1 × Band 5 nurse
1 × Band 6 nurse
Cannula placementb10GDG1 × Specialty registrar
Supervision of infusionc0GDG1 × Band 6 nurse

Includes getting the drug and equipment to draw and make it up, checking the prescription and the patient; and delivery which takes 3–5 minutes


This was estimated as 5–10 minutes. The higher value has been used for base case analysis


Ceftriaxone is given as an infusion at a dose of 80 mg/kg. Benzylpenicillin and cefotaxime are given as a bolus

From: Appendix J, Cost effectiveness of antibiotics for treatment of bacterial meningitis and meningococcal disease

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NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 102.
National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK).
London: RCOG Press; 2010.
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