Doctors urge antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis prevention

The Guardian April 2, 2024, 05:00 AM UTC

Summary: Doctors warn that 400,000 Britons at high risk of infective endocarditis from dental treatment face a 30% mortality rate. Up to 261 cases and 78 deaths yearly could be prevented with antibiotic prophylaxis. Nice's refusal may have caused 2,010 deaths in 16 years. The Lancet urges Nice to reconsider its stance to save lives. Antibiotics are deemed safe, cost-effective, and efficacious.

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