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Letters NICE on infective endocarditis

A call for national monitoring of antibiotic prophylaxis

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:976
  1. Neil Herring, clinical lecturer in cardiovascular medicine, Oxford University specialist registrar in cardiology,
  2. David C Sprigings, consultant cardiologist
  1. 1Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD
  1. neilherring{at}

The UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently published guidelines on antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing infective endocarditis in high risk patients with structural heart disease.1 2 The guidelines no longer recommend their use during dental and other invasive procedures of the respiratory tract, genitourinary tract, and upper and lower gastrointestinal …

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