Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) service review

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“Adequate patient selection, a structured OPAT team with an effective communication system, and routine clinical monitoring are key elements to establish a successful OPAT program” Touzard Romo et al (2015).

Reference:

Touzard Romo, F., Resnick, B., Perez-Cioe, M., Flanigan, T.P., Kojic, E.M. and Beckwith, C.G. (2015) Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy in an academic practice in rhode island. Rhode Island Medical Journal. 98(1), p.38-42.

Abstract:

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) is an increasingly utilized treatment modality that has been proven to be safe and cost effective for treating infections that require prolonged antimicrobial treatment. Adequate patient selection, a structured OPAT team with an effective communication system, and routine clinical monitoring are key elements to establish a successful OPAT program. The Miriam Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinic offers a multidisciplinary OPAT model coordinated by infectious diseases specialists and serves as a major referral center in Rhode Island.

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