Clinical Review “Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy” published in BMJ!

27 November

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 home by the patient or a carer
  • • Patients should be assessed by a doctor and specialist nurse to determine medical and social suitability
  • • Evidence suggests that OPAT is safe as long as it is administered through a formal service structure to minimise risk

To read this article in the BMJ please click on the following link http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f1585.