Background Correct management of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is important to reduce complications but often varies widely. An audit of PID management in our trust’s GUM clinics was undertaken in 2014 which led to trust guidelines being updated in early 2015. The main finding was antibiotic regimes were varied; only 12% received a BASHH recommended regime. We re-audited the management of PID in 2015.
Aim To compare PID management across our trust’s GUM clinics in 2014 and 2015.
Methods Electronic patient records of 141 female patients with C5A codes in 2014 and 100 in 2015 were reviewed and compared.
Results In both audits 98% of patients had Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea NAATs sent; 93% had vaginal microscopy in 2014 and 92% in 2015, but cervical microscopy improved from 13% in 2014 to 45% in 2015. Pregnancy tests were inconsistently done, 83% in 2014 and 75% in 2015. Those with chlamydia, gonorrhoea or trichomonas vaginalis increased from 8% to 13% but bacterial vaginosis was the most common finding, 28% in 2014 and 46% in 2015. Antibiotic regimes were BASHH recommended in 12% (2014) and 88% (2015), due to updated 2015 trust guidelines being in line with BASHH.
Discussion Improvements have occurred since 2014 but cervical microscopy and pregnancy tests are still not consistently being done. Low levels of STIs detected may represent incorrect diagnosis in some. Antibiotic prescription has improved significantly, however we are still below the BASHH target of 95% (currently 88% compliance). We will re-present findings of this re-audit to clinics to improve standardisation of PID management.