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Intravenous to Oral Switch: Within Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (IVOST)

Are you involved in the prescribing/administration of antibiotics? Explore the benefits and barriers of IVOST and COPAT.

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Intravenous to Oral Switch: Within Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (IVOST)
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Discover the principles and practices supporting IVOST and COPAT.

The use of intravenous antimicrobials and complex oral antimicrobial regimes within outpatient clinical environments is helping with non-admission to and early discharge from hospital. The course will lead you through the principles underlying these therapies, how to determine their suitability, and key practices for prescribers.

This course -by experts from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy- is for healthcare workers who prescribe and administer antibiotics. It explores the benefits and barriers of IVOST and complex oral antimicrobial therapy in the context of an OPAT service.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to IVOST and OPAT

    • Welcome to week 1

      Welcome to week one of the IVOST course

    • Setting the scene

      What is IVOST?

    • The basics of switching from OPAT to oral antibiotics - Case 1

      The basics of switching from OPAT to oral antibiotics

    • Advanced switching from OPAT to oral antibiotics - Case 2

      Advanced switching from OPAT to oral antibiotics

    • End of Week 1

      Summary of week 1 of the course and covering what is to come in week 2

  • Week 2

    Monitoring complex oral antibiotic therapy in an OPAT service

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2 of the IVOST course.

    • What is complex outpatient oral antibiotic therapy?

      What is COPAT?

    • Linezolid monitoring

      Introduction to Linezolid use and looking at a case study.

    • Referral, monitoring and follow-up

      Referral, monitoring and follow-up

    • End of Week 2

      Summary of Week 2 and end of week quiz.

  • Week 3

    Other complex oral antibiotics

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3 of the IVOST course.

    • What other complex antibiotics are available?

      Investigating other options for complex oral antibiotics.

    • End of Week 3

      Summary of Week 3 and end of Week quiz.

  • Week 4

    Running a COPAT service

    • Introduction to the final week

      Introduction to the final week

    • The COPAT team

      The COPAT team

    • Out-of-hours arrangements for COPAT patients

      Out-of-hours arrangements for COPAT patients

    • Discharge and follow-up

      Discharge and follow-up from our COPAT service

    • Clinical Governance

      Clinical governance of COPAT

    • End of course

      End of course

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of intravenous compared to oral antibiotic therapy
  • Describe the need for detailed patient assessment when switching from intravenous to oral therapy in the OPAT setting
  • Describe the principles of switching patients from intravenous to oral antibiotic and the processes required to safely monitor therapy in the OPAT setting
  • Explore the clinical complexity of monitoring complex oral parenteral antibiotic therapy in the outpatient setting (COPAT), the characteristics of antibiotics or antibiotic regimens that require enhanced outpatient monitoring and the key components
  • Evaluate the need for, and nature of, clinical governance of COPAT, to ensure high-quality service and how this can be applied to their location

Who is the course for?

Healthcare workers involved in the prescribing and administration of antibiotics. The course is set at final year medical student/1st year doctor/new specialist nurse/junior pharmacist level and should therefore appeal to a wide-range of healthcare professionals.

What software or tools do you need?

None

What do people say about this course?

Fantastic course...enjoyed it very much, the quizzes were focused and the resource material excellent and extensive. Thank you! I will recommend to the team!

Ian Smith

Who will you learn with?

Gavin has been a consultant/hon. senior lecturer since 2004. Gavin’s main clinical interests are antimicrobial stewardship, orthopaedic infection, OPAT and complex bacterial infection.

Who developed the course?

BSAC

Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

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