Retrospective analysis of a paediatric outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) service

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“Although outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) is practiced internationally, there is a paucity of data regarding outcomes of paediatric OPAT. A retrospective analysis, of 3 years experience (January 2010 to 2013) was performed at a tertiary paediatric Respiratory unit.” Glacklin et al (2014).

Reference:

Glackin, L., Flanagan, F., Healy, F. and Slattery, D.M. (2014) Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy: a report of three years experience. Irish Medical Journal. 107(4), p.110-2.

Abstract:

Although outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) is practiced internationally, there is a paucity of data regarding outcomes of paediatric OPAT. A retrospective analysis, of 3 years experience (January 2010 to 2013) was performed at a tertiary paediatric Respiratory unit. There were 362 OPAT courses administered to 32 children, of which 30 had cystic fibrosis and the remaining two had recurrent pneumonia. A total of 3,688 days of antibiotics were administered. The median age was 8.8 years (range 2.75 – 17.8 years). Sixteen (50%) were male. Each child received an average of 11 courses and median duration of OPAT was 10 days (range 2-21 days). Tobramycin was the commonest antimicrobial prescribed, with ceftazidime second. During this period, there was one readmission (0.3%) post discharge and 3 (2%) portocath infections. All patients attended for weekly review and laboratory monitoring. OPAT appears safe, effective and reduces the need for inpatient beds.

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