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New Australian guidelines for the prevention of infective endocarditis were published in July 2008. The guidelines were revised by a multidisciplinary group to reflect recent changes in international recommendations regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis. The reasons for the changes are explored in this review and the implications for… (More)
A decade of research has led to more precise guidelines for a complex health problem t has long been considered that all patients with heart conditions that predispose to infective endocarditis should receive antibiotic prophylaxis when undergoing procedures that can lead to bacteraemia with organisms known to cause endocarditis. However, the evidence for… (More)
New nursing job titles mean little to the general public. Nurses with the same title may vary in knowledge, experience and grade. Introducing a framework for registration of a higher level of practice is raising a number of issues and concerns.