Disposable elastomeric infusion pump for OPAT
We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of continuous antimicrobial infusion using a disposable elastomeric device in an outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) setting. We conducted a retrospective analysis of all patients who received either flucloxacillin (n = 131 episodes) or piperacillin/tazobactam (n = 301 episodes) as continuous infusion via elastomeric devices over 5 years (January 2018-December 2022) at a tertiary referral hospital in Derbyshire, UK. Overall, 81 adverse events were recorded in 77 (18%; 77/432) patient-episodes. Most adverse events were vascular access-related (59%; 4.6 events per 1000 OPAT-days), including one line-related infection (0.2%; 0.1 events per 1000 OPAT-days). 165 (38%) patient-episodes experienced at least one incident of incomplete infusion. Successful outcome (cure or improvement) occurred in 364 (84%) episodes. Our findings suggest that elastomeric infusion pumps are safe and effective for administering selected antimicrobial agents in OPAT. However, close monitoring of patients and the device are essential to ensure optimal delivery of prescribed therapy.
Durojaiye OC, Cole J, Kritsotakis EI. Effectiveness and safety of a disposable elastomeric continuous infusion pump for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in a UK setting. J Chemother. 2023 Nov 9:1-8. doi: 10.1080/1120009X.2023.2277507. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37942621.