Prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis. Awareness of need

Med J Aust. 1984 May 26;140(11):650-2.


The parents or guardians of attenders at a paediatric cardiac clinic were surveyed over five months. Ninety-six patients who were at risk of bacterial endocarditis were identified. In 46% of these, the parents or guardians had insufficient knowledge to ensure that their children will receive prophylaxis at times of risk. A first language other than English, a lower level of education of the main family wage- earner , lack of exposure to previous dental extractions and non-cardiac operations, and a child aged less than five years--all correlated with poor knowledge of prophylaxis. Means of achieving greater awareness of need and efficacy of protection are suggested.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Care
  • Educational Status
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / prevention & control*
  • Health Education*
  • Heart Diseases / complications
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Penicillins / therapeutic use
  • Premedication
  • Risk


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Penicillins