New NICE guidelines on antibiotic prophylaxis published

The new NICE guidelines on prophylaxis against infective endocarditis guideline have just been published on the NICE website:

There are several documents to read on the website, including an easy to follow Quick Reference Guide:

The clear message is that antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis should no longer be offered for any patients undergoing any dental procedures, including those patients considered at risk for infective endocarditis.

Furthermore, chlorhexidine mouthwash should not be used as prophylaxis against infective endocarditis in people at risk undergoing dental procedures.

It is important that patients are aware of the importance of maintaining good oral health, and those patients at risk of infective endocarditis should be advised that antibiotic prophylaxis is no longer routinely recommended.

The BSP responded to the consultation regarding these guidelines, and is totally in support of the new guidelines.