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Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy in Pediatrics: An Opportunity to Expand Antimicrobial Stewardship

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 December 2014

Elizabeth D. Knackstedt*
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Chris Stockmann
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Carly R. Davis
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Emily A. Thorell
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Andrew T. Pavia
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Adam L. Hersh
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
*
Address correspondence to Elizabeth D. Knackstedt, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, 295 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 (beth.doby@hsc.utah.edu).

Abstract

We reviewed patient discharges with outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) to determine whether outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy was modifiable or unnecessary at a large tertiary care children’s hospital. At least one modification definitely or possibly would have been recommended for 78% of episodes. For more than 40% of episodes, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy was potentially not indicated.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;00(0):1–3

Type
Concise Communications
Copyright
© 2014 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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Footnotes

Presented in part: IDWeek 2013; San Francisco, California; October 4, 2013 (abstract 39545).

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