Is outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy appropriate?

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“We reviewed patient discharges with outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) to determine whether outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy was modifiable or unnecessary…” Knackstedt et al (2015)

Reference:

Knackstedt, E.D., Stockmann, C., Davis, C.R., Thorell, E.A., Pavia, A.T. and Hersh, A.L. (2015) Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy in pediatrics: an opportunity to expand antimicrobial stewardship. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 36(2), p.222-4.

Abstract:

We reviewed patient discharges with outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) to determine whether outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy was modifiable or unnecessary at a large tertiary care children’s hospital. At least one modification definitely or possibly would have been recommended for 78% of episodes. For more than 40% of episodes, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy was potentially not indicated.

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