Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy in Older Adults

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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2023 Mar;37(1):123-137. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2022.09.002.


Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) for older adults is a complex process that involves multiple stakeholders and care coordination, but it is a useful and patient-centered tool with opportunities for the treatment of complicated infections, improved patient satisfaction, and reduced health-care costs. Older age should not be an exclusion for OPAT but rather prompt the OPAT provider to thoroughly evaluate candidacy and safety. Amid the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, innovations in OPAT are needed to shepherd OPAT care into a more patient-centered, thoughtful practice, whereas minimizing harm to older patients from unnecessary health-care exposure and thus health-care associated infections.

PMID:36805009 | DOI:10.1016/j.idc.2022.09.002

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