OPAT Good Practice Recommendations now published

24 November

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 parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) are an update to a previous consensus statement on OPAT in the UK published in 1998. They are based on previous national and international guidelines, but have been further developed through an extensive consultation process, and are underpinned by evidence from published literature on OPAT. They provide pragmatic guidance on the development and delivery of OPAT services, looking at all aspects of service design, care delivery, outcome monitoring and quality assurance, with the aim of ensuring that OPAT services provide high-quality, low-risk care, whatever the healthcare setting. They will provide a useful resource for teams developing new services, as well as a practical set of quality indicators for existing services.

Published in February 2011 in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the guidelines can be accessed HERE.