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Reduction of oral bacteraemia Patients at risk of endocarditis1 should be advised to maintain the highest possible standards of oral hygiene in order to reduce the: See also Cardiac emergencies, p. 22 and Dental Anaesthesia, p. 714. need for dental extractions or other surgery; . chances of severe bacteraemia if dental surgery is needed; Cardiac prostheses . possibility of ‘spontaneous’ bacteraemia. For an account of the risk of infective endocarditis in patients with prosthetic heart valves, see Infective Endocarditis, below.

Cines which may help them, such as anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs for atrial fibrillation, antihypertensives, statins, and drugs for osteoporosis. Form of medicine Frail elderly patients may have difficulty swallowing tablets; if left in the mouth, ulceration may develop. They should always be encouraged to take their tablets or capsules with enough fluid, and whilst in an upright position to avoid the possibility of oesophageal ulceration. It can be helpful to discuss with the patient the possibility of taking the drug as a liquid if available.

Oral medication is usually satisfactory unless there is severe nausea and vomiting, dysphagia, weakness, or coma, when parenteral medication may be necessary. Pain Analgesics are more effective in preventing pain than in the relief of established pain; it is important that they are given regularly. Paracetamol (p. 1) given regularly will often make the use of opioid analgesics unnecessary. A NSAID may also control the pain of bone secondaries; if necessary, flurbiprofen or indometacin can be given rectally.

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