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Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis: summary of NICE guidance

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  • Competing interests: All authors were members of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE guideline for prophylaxis against infective endocarditis. TS was the NICE lead for the work, RR the lead systematic reviewer and DW chaired the Guideline Development Group. DW is a director with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.

  • Funding: This summary was written by the Centre for Clinical Practice (Short Clinical Guidelines technical team) at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • The multidisciplinary Guideline Development Group had members from the following professional groups: cardiology (N Brooks, J Gibb), cardiothoracic surgery (D Keenan), dentistry and oral medicine (D Franklin, M Fulford, R Oliver, D Wray), microbiology (K Orr, J Sandoe) and pharmacy (N Cooley). Two patient representatives were included in the group (A Keatley-Clarke, S Power). In addition, there were co-opted expert advisors from anaesthesiology, cardiac nursing, cardiology, dentistry, gastroenterology, microbiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, respiratory medicine, otorhinolaryngology and urology (see full version of the guideline). The Short Clinical Guidelines Technical Team comprised L Ayiku, E Banks, M Heath, R Richey, F Ruiz and T Stokes.

  • Declaration: A similar summary of this guideline has also been published in the BMJ 2008;336:770–1.

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