Antibiotic Prophylaxis for the Prevention of Infective Endocarditis: When To Prescribe & Why?
We all encounter patients with cardiac conditions that require our judgment as to their risk for developing infective endocarditis and if antibiotic prophylaxis is indicated. However, the risk of infective endocarditis for some scenarios are easier to determine than others.
This presentation will outline the pathophysiology of infective endocarditis and how specific cardiac conditions predispose patients to this infection. Some contradiction exists between the guidelines from different authoritative bodies globally. This presentation will also discuss the recent updates to the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of infective endocarditis.
Learning Objectives: Learn how to identify and risk stratify patients, at risk of infective endocarditis, and when antibiotic prophylaxis is warranted.
About Dr Jessie Cummins, Registrar - Special Needs Dentistry, BDS, BDS (Hons)
Jessie's a final year registrar in Special Needs Dentistry through the University of Adelaide. She completed her undergraduate and honours degrees at James Cook University and was later appointed as a Clinical Lecturer. The research components of her undergraduate and honours degrees were focused on infective endocarditis from a dental perspective.
In 2020 she published a systematic review that assessed dentists’ and dental students’ knowledge and compliance with respect to relevant guidelines for prescribing antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of infective endocarditis. Prior to her specialist training, she worked in Tasmania at the Special Care Dental Unit and supervised final dental year students from across Australia.
Currently, she cares for patients with a wide range of special needs at the Adelaide Dental Hospital, metropolitan and remote community clinics. Jessie's passionate about caring for patients with medical complexities or with varying disabilities.
Previous Speaking Experience
As part of her specialist training, Jessie's completed numerous presentations to her fellow specialists, general dental practitioners, undergraduate dental students, and patients about cases, topics of interest and guideline revisions. Jessie's also presented her previous research on the topic of infective endocarditis at multiple national and international conferences, including Seoul and San Francisco.
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