The OPAT Initiative is a multi-stakeholder project that supports, guides and encourages the establishment of standardised OPAT services throughout the UK wherever the clinical need may exist.
Ann L N Chapman Published 26th March 2013 Summary Points Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) allows patients requiring intravenous antibiotics to be treated outside hospital OPAT is suitable for many infections, especially cellulitis, bone and joint infections, and infective endocarditis Antibiotics can be administered in an outpatient unit, at home by a nurse, or at [...]
OPAT service models can contribute considerably to the timely and appropriate discharge of patients who require antimicrobial therapy for the management of serious infections. In addition, oral therapies can play an important role in the management of serious infections in OPAT settings, both as part of an early discharge pathway that includes IV to oral switch [...]
The UK OPAT Initiative is pleased to be able to provide practical support and audit tools for healthcare professionals and trusts working towards meeting the aims of the OPAT Department of Health/ARHAI Antimicrobial Stewardship programme – Start Smart – then Focus. OPAT is formally acknowledged as one of the 5 decision options within the programme. [...]
Congratulations to Dundee, Liverpool, Wexham, Blackpool, Bradford, Leicester, Southampton & Dudley …… trailblazing use of the national OPAT Patient Management System. Teams across the UK now using the PMS, commonly known as the OPAT database, and looking forward to being the first contributors to the UK National OPAT Register which will publish first results in 2013. The [...]
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Good practice recommendations for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in adults in the UK: a consensus statement Ann L. N. Chapman, R. Andrew Seaton, Mike A. Cooper, Sara Hedderwick, Vicky Goodall, Corienne Reed, Frances Sanderson, and Dilip Nathwani on behalf of the BSAC/BIA OPAT Project Good Practice Recommendations Working Group These good practice recommendations for outpatient [...]