Chemoprophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis--a survey of current practice in Zimbabwe.

Murenha E, Stein CM
J Antimicrob Chemother. 1990 25 (2): 291-6

PMID: 2329105 · DOI:10.1093/jac/25.2.291

There is no information about the use of antibiotics in the prevention of bacterial endocarditis in a developing country. A questionnaire was posted to 73 dentists, 233 general practitioners and 43 physicians. Completed questionnaires were received from 31 (42%) dentists, 59 (25%) general practitioners and 15 (35%) physicians. Prophylactic practice differed from the current published recommendations in the choice of drugs, dosage regimens, and a longer duration of use before and after invasive procedures. Wider dissemination of authoritative recommendations would simplify current practice.

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Anti-Bacterial Agents Cardiovascular Diseases Dentists Endocarditis, Bacterial Humans Penicillins Physicians Recurrence Rheumatic Fever Risk Factors Surveys and Questionnaires Zimbabwe

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