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September 2021 Br J Cardiol 2021;28:98–101 doi:10.5837/bjc.2021.038

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) service is associated with inpatient-bed cost savings

Chun Shing Kwok, Joanna J Whittaker, Caroline Malbon, Barbara White, Jonathan Snape, Vikki Lloyd, Farah Yazdani, Timothy Kemp, Simon Duckett

Abstract

Introduction A major contributor to the cost of a patient’s care is the number of days occupying hospital beds. In a cardiology department, there are some patients that require long-term antibiotics, such as those with infective endocarditis or infected prosthetic devices. While most of these high-risk patients require some duration of monitoring for complications and deterioration as inpatients, there are patients who may, after a period of observation, be stable enough to be discharged home with outpatient intravenous therapy. In this report, we describe our experience with intravenous antibiotic therapy for patients with cardiology diagn

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