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Knowledge regarding prevention of infective endocarditis among dentists in Bushehr Province-1390
Kamran Mirzaie1, Soraya Zahmatkesh2
1- Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, IRAN
2- Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, IRAN , s.zahmatkesh@bpums.ac.ir
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Background: Infective endocarditis (IE) is known as a life-threatening disease, with bacteremia inducing dental procedures considered to be one of the major factors. Thus, prevention of IE onset with antibiotics is widely recommended. AHA 2007 Guidelines for prevention and treatment are well known. The aim this study was assessment of knowledge regarding prevention of infective endocarditis among dentist in Bushehr Province. Material and Methods: In a cross sectional study, data was collected by using Self-administered Questionnaires which obtain according AHA 2007 guideline were distributed to dentists who occupied governmental or private clinic in Bushehr Province. Data was analyzed by Independent t test, Chi-Square by using SPSS software at level of significancy, 0.05. Results: From 72 questionnaires were distributed between all dentists who worked in Bushehr Province, 59 questionnaires were completed. (Response rate: 81.9%). Approximately 48% reported encountering fewer than several patients at risk for IE per year and only 60.4% of the respondents were aware of the guidelines for its prevention. Frequency of correct answer toward cardiac conditions which needed antibiotic prophylaxis weren’t higher than 43%. In all, kind, route, dosage and time of antibiotics administration were according to AHA 2007 guidelines. Generally, the level of knowledge of dentists toward antibiotic prophylaxis to prevention infective endocarditis was poor and the frequency of correct answer toward cardiac conditions that need antibiotic prophylaxis is less than 43%. Conclusion: These findings suggest that promotion of knowledge of dentists for prevention of IE is important, although the frequency of cases encountered by dentists is extremely low.

Keywords: Infective endocarditis, prophylaxis of endocarditis, antibiotic prophylaxis, knowledge of dentists
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Received: 2012/05/12 | Accepted: 2012/09/15 | Published: 2014/06/15


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