DOI: 10.1177/20499361231191877 ISSN:

A review of evidence, antimicrobial stability, and feasibility considerations for OPAT continuous infusion

Amy L. Van Abel, Lindsey M. Childs-Kean, Kelsey L. Jensen, Ryan P. Mynatt, Keenan L. Ryan, Christina G. Rivera
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) has been widely used in clinical practice for many decades because of its associated cost savings, reductions in inpatient hospital days, and decreases in hospital-associated infections. Despite this long history, evolving practice patterns and new drug delivery devices continue to present challenges as well as opportunities for clinicians when designing appropriate outpatient antimicrobial regimens. One such change is the increasing use of extended and continuous infusion (CI) of antimicrobials to optimize the achievement of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic targets. Elastomeric devices are also becoming increasingly popular in OPAT, including for the delivery of CI. In this article, we review the clinical evidence for CI in OPAT, as well as practical considerations of patient preferences, cost, and antimicrobial stability.

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