What are the NICE guidelines for infective endocarditis (IE) patient education?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Surveys indicate that an appallingly small number of patients who are at risk for developing IE have an understanding of antibiotic and nonpharmacologic (ie, appropriate oral hygiene) principles. Drug rehabilitation for patients who use IV drugs is critical.

The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) addresses patient education in its 2008 guideline on prophylaxis against IE in adults and children undergoing interventional procedures. The NICE’s guideline recommends that health care professionals teach patients about the symptoms of IE and the risks of nonmedical invasive procedures such as body piercing and tattooing, explain the benefits and risks of antibiotic prophylaxis and the reasons that it is no longer routine, and emphasize the need to maintain good oral health. [38]

For patient education information, see the Heart Center, as well as Tetralogy of Fallot.


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