A change of heart: the new infective endocarditis prophylaxis guidelines

Aust Dent J. 2008 Sep;53(3):196-200; quiz 297. doi: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2008.00049.x.


New Australian guidelines for the prevention of infective endocarditis were published in July 2008. The guidelines were revised by a multidisciplinary group to reflect recent changes in international recommendations regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis. The reasons for the changes are explored in this review and the implications for dental practice are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis / statistics & numerical data*
  • Australia
  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • United States