Welcome to week 4
Welcome to the final week of this course on Intravenous (IV) to Oral [Antimicrobial] Switch Therapy (IVOST) and the monitoring of complex oral antimicrobial regimens within the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) setting.
Last week we considered how to prescribe and monitor various complex oral antimicrobials. This week is predominantly about the practical aspects of running a COPAT service. By the end of the week we hope you will have ascertained the necessary basic knowledge about how to set-up and run such a service and the clinical governance considerations required.
As before, I urge you to engage with your fellow learners during the week by using the comments facility in each step. I hope you have a great week.
If you have any feedback on the week, please let us know.
Main learning outcomes for week 4:
Understand the healthcare professionals and/or the skills required to competently develop and run a complex oral and parenteral antimicrobial therapy (COPAT) service and apply this to available local resources and skills.
Understand the key components and processes of a robust monitoring service for those prescribed outpatient-based complex oral antimicrobial therapy and apply this to available local resources and skills
Anticipate and mitigate the practical day-to-day problems that may occur in running a COPAT service.
Understand the need for, and nature of, clinical governance of COPAT or similar services and apply this to what is achievable with available local resources and skills.