Category Guidelines

Choosing Wisely: Antibiotic prophylaxis for prevention of infective endocarditis

For many years, antibiotic prophylaxis was routinely administered before dental and other procedures to patients with cardiac conditions that carry a high lifetime risk of infective endocarditis. However due to the infrequent occurrence of endocarditis, prophylaxis prevents very few cases. Infective endocarditis is more likely to result from bacteraemia associated with daily activities (e.g. tooth […]

Water, Water Everywhere – Treatment of water- related infections

Following the recent Hunter weather it’s possible we will see an increase in water- related infections as the clean-up continues. The following comes from the Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic v15 Skin infection or sepsis following contact with water (eg in fishermen, swimmers or aquarium owners) may involve: Aeromonas species (source: fresh or brackish water, or mud); […]

Managing Antifungals in Haematology/Oncology Patients – New Guidelines

New Australian and New Zealand Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Antifungal Agents in Haematology/Oncology patients are now available. These updated guidelines provide recommendations for antifungal drug use in paediatric patients, include an article on the management of¬†Pneumocystis jirovecii¬†infections and include a substantial focus on Cryptococcus gattii¬†infection, as well as updated discussion of diagnostic testing […]