Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Differentiate the causes and development of infective endocarditis (IE).

2. Identify the clinical presentation and laboratory evaluation for IE.

3. Assess diagnostic criteria used to evaluate a patient suspected of having IE.

4. Describe the most likely causative organisms of IE, particularly in specific patient populations.

5. Develop appropriate pharmacologic treatment recommendations for patients with IE.

6. Define appropriate patient populations requiring prophylactic treatment, and differentiate appropriate drug regimens.

7. Devise a monitoring plan for patients with IE to determine treatment efficacy and discern any adverse effects.

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