Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

Jason E. Bowling, James S. Lewis, Aaron D. Owens

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Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) began in the 1970s in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 Americans receives OPAT each year. OPAT should only be considered in select patients. There are minimal data on using OPAT in patients with substance abuse. A patient's home setting should be assessed before discharge. Consider obtaining written consent from the patient or caregiver before discharging on OPAT. Communication is a key component for an OPAT team. Only certain antimicrobials are candidates for continuous infusion at home. Tracking outcomes with OPAT is important to validate safety and efficacy of care provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e45-e56
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Adverse events
  • Antibiotics
  • Endocarditis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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