Expert-based recommendations for OPAT services in Spain

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The objective of this clinical guideline is therefore to provide evidence- and expert-based recommendations with a view to standardizing clinical practice in this care modality and contribute to a progressive increase in the number of patients who can be cared for and receive intravenous therapy in their own homes” López Cortés et al (2018).

Abstract:

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) programmes make it possible to start or complete intravenous antimicrobial therapy for practically any type of infection at home, provided that patient selection is appropriate for the type of OPAT programme available. Although the clinical management of infections in the home setting is comparable in many respects to that offered in conventional hospitalization (selection of antibiotics, duration of treatment, etc.), there are many aspects that are specific to this care modality. It is essential to be aware of them so that OPAT continues to be as safe and effective as inpatient care. The objective of this clinical guideline is therefore to provide evidence- and expert-based recommendations with a view to standardizing clinical practice in this care modality and contribute to a progressive increase in the number of patients who can be cared for and receive intravenous therapy in their own homes.



Reference:

López Cortés, L.E., Mujal Martínez, A., Fernández Martínez de Mandojana, M., Martín, N., Gil Bermejo, M., Solà Aznar, J., Villegas Bruguera, E., Peláez Cantero, M.J., Retamar Gentil, P., Delgado Vicente, M., González-Ramallo, V.J., Ponce González, M.Á., Mirón Rubio, M., Gómez Rodríguez de Mendarozqueta, M.M., Goenaga Sánchez, M.Á., Sanroma Mendizábal, P., Delgado Mejía, E. and Pajarón Guerrero, M. (2018) Executive summary of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy: Guidelines of the Spanish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the Spanish Domiciliary Hospitalisation Society. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. May 18th. . .

doi: 10.1016/j.eimc.2018.03.012.

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