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Response to comment on: The infective endocarditis team: recommendations from an international working group by San Roman et al
  1. John B Chambers1,
  2. Jonathan Sandoe2,
  3. Simon Ray3,
  4. Bernard Prendergast4,
  5. Chris Arden5,
  6. Jo Wilson6,
  7. Brian Campbell7,
  8. Christa Gohlke-Baerwolf8,
  9. Carlos A Mestres9,
  10. Raphael Rosenhek10,
  11. Phillippe Pibarot11,
  12. Catherine M Otto12
  1. 1Cardiothoracic Centre, Guys and St Thomas Hospitals, London, UK
  2. 2British Infection Association, Leeds, UK
  3. 3British Cardiovascular Society, London, UK
  4. 4British Cardiovascular Society
  5. 5Royal College of General Practitioners
  6. 6British Assoc of Nursing for Cardiac Care
  7. 7Society for Cardiological Science and Technology
  8. 8Herz-Zentrum Bad Krozingen, Germany
  9. 9Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Clinico, University of Barcelona, Spain
  10. 10Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  11. 11Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Quebec City, Canada
  12. 12University of Washington Seattle, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr John B Chambers, St Thomas Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK; jboydchambers{at}aol.com

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To the Editor,

We thank Dr San Roman and colleagues for their comment1 on our editorial.2 They suggest that all cases with endocarditis should be referred to a reference centre because the specialist expertise to monitor their progress may not be available at general hospitals.

The typical length of intravenous antibiotic therapy for patients with endocarditis is 4–6 weeks, and beds in …

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