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GRAND ROUNDS: Pre-procedure Prophylaxis – Update of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for the Prevention of Endocarditis

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Shira Abeles, MD

Affiliation: Medical Director of Antibiotic Stewardship
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
UCSD School of Medicine
San Diego, California


Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss antimicrobial use is a major factor contributing to the global antimicrobial resistance crisis.
  • Discuss infective endocarditis (IE) that occurs in the presence of both damage to endothelial tissue AND bacteremia. Bacteremia does occur in regular activities of daily living.
  • Given the uncertainty of benefit of antibiotics for preventing IE, understand current American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines recommend giving antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures for patients in the high-risk category for endocarditis.

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