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NICE guidelines on antibiotics

18th March 2008

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released guidance on the treatment of infective endocarditis (IE) with antibiotics.

IE occurs rarely but can cause death, as it inflames the inner lining of the heart. The guidance says preventative antibiotics should not be given to patients before dental and non-dental operations as it is not "cost effective" and could be dangerous.


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