ABSTRACT: Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy is an important medical service that allows for the treatment of complex infections outside acute care hospitals. In BC, the practice has evolved over many decades to include both hospital-based and outpatient infusion centres, as well as home intravenous programs. Numerous publications demonstrate the safety, efficacy, and cost reduction of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, while reducing congestion in emergency departments. With increasing strain on inpatient facilities due to increased numbers of drug-resistant organisms and high-risk immunosuppressed patients with complex infections, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy is a treatment modality that improves patient care and flow through the health care system.
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