Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) offers patients the opportunity to receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics or other antimicrobial medications outside of a hospital setting. This approach has allowed individuals to receive necessary therapy while avoiding prolonged hospital stays.
If you are considering this treatment option, read on to learn about what it is and whether it is right for you.
OPAT is a treatment option that enables patients to receive intravenous antimicrobial therapy outside of the traditional hospital environment. Candidates for OPAT generally fall into one of two categories:
Our doctors will determine the mode of antibiotics delivery. It could be done via:
Outpatient therapy necessitates travel to a healthcare facility for antibiotics administration, regular blood tests monitoring and intravenous line dressing change. Patients must consider transport logistics and ensure they have reliable means of getting to their appointments. Additionally, it is important to have a caregiver or support system that can assist with transportation and monitoring of the OPAT regimen.
OPAT also comes with potential risks and complications. It is essential to be aware of these risks and take steps to minimize them. The risks are usually related to:
To minimize risks associated with OPAT, it is important to maintain open communication with your healthcare team, diligently follow the prescribed treatment plan, and be vigilant for any signs of complications.
Other steps include:
Click "Play" on the introductory video below which will give you a better idea of how OPAT is performed: