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Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Endocarditis in Dermatological Surgery

Author(s)Therapy Guidelines and Audit Sub-Committee (TGASC) of British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and British Society for Dermatological Surgery (BSDS).
AbstractThe committee of the British Society for Dermatological Surgery have found no significant evidence to support antibiotic prophylaxis for routine dermatological surgery procedures even in the presence of pre-existing heart lesion. In addition the Therapy Guidelines and Audit Sub-Committee have recently surveyed members of the BAD and no respondees have seen endocarditis as a direct result of dermatological skin surgery. The TGASC and the BSDS, in agreement with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, therefore believe that antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis is not required for routine dermatological surgery procedures even in the presence of a pre-existing heart lesion.
Date of last revision by publisher01/13/2003
Date of last review by us01/17/2005
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