Cardiovascular Infections

Always take cultures before starting treatment. Take 2 or 3 sets of cultures over 24 hours from different venepuncture sites and as close as possible to peak of pyrexia.

Consult a cardiologist immediately. Antibiotic must be started sooner in unstable septic patients.

Consult with Paediatric ID specialist and microbiology about organism specific therapy and consider need for urgent surgical intervention.