Once there is suspicion of acute bacterial meningitis, the following must be done:
1. Two sets of blood cultures.
2. A CT scan if indicated.
3. A lumbar puncture (LP).
If there are delays in performing the CT scan or LP, then the patient should receive empiric antimicrobial therapy immediately.
The administration of dexamethasone must not delay the administration of the first dose of antibiotics.
Recommended Dose and Instructions
Based on Age
Based on Predisposing Condition
Based on Pathogen
Recommended Dosages of Antimicrobials