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Optimisation of the antibiotic guidelines in The Netherlands. VII. SWAB guidelines for antimicrobial therapy in adult patients with infectious endocarditis.

Authors
  • Verhagen, D W M
  • van der Feltz, M
  • Plokker, H W M
  • Buiting, A G M
  • Tjoeng, M M
  • van der Meer, J T M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Netherlands journal of medicine
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2003
Volume
61
Issue
12
Pages
421–429
Identifiers
PMID: 15025420
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (Dutch acronym is SWAB) is a Dutch organisation that develops guidelines for in-hospital antimicrobial therapy of bacterial infectious diseases. This present guideline describes the antimicrobial treatment for adult patients with infective endocarditis. The choice and duration of antimicrobial therapy is determined by the infecting micro-organism, sensitivity of this micro-organism for antimicrobial therapy, location of the endocarditis, left-sided or right-sided, and presence of intracardial prosthetic material. In this guideline, the empirical therapy for endocarditis is discussed as well as the therapy for the most frequent causative organisms: streptococci, enterococci, staphylococci and HACEK micro-organisms.

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