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Managing an outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy team: challenges and solutions

Authors Halilovic J, Christensen CL, Nguyen HH

Received 12 March 2014

Accepted for publication 14 April 2014

Published 18 June 2014 Volume 2014:10 Pages 459—465

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S48906

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Jenana Halilovic,1 Cinda L Christensen,2 Hien H Nguyen3

1University of the Pacific Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy, Stockton, CA, USA; 2Department of Pharmaceutical Services, University of California, Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA, USA; 3Division of Infectious Diseases, Section of Hospital Medicine, University of California, Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA, USA

Abstract: Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) programs should strive to deliver safe, cost effective, and high quality care. One of the keys to developing and sustaining a high quality OPAT program is to understand the common challenges or barriers to OPAT delivery. We review the most common challenges to starting and managing an OPAT program and give practical advice on addressing these issues.

Keywords: OPAT, quality, safety, program management

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