Online course

OPAT: Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

Learn how patients with a serious infection can be managed in outpatient settings with the help of an OPAT service.

Discover the function, role and limitations of an OPAT service

OPAT is a clinical service which enables patients with serious infection to be managed in an outpatient setting. The service aims to facilitate admission avoidance or early hospital discharge.

On this course, you will be introduced to the concept of OPAT. You’ll start by looking at the roles and responsibilities within the multi-disciplinary OPAT team.

Next, you’ll examine the importance of patient selection and antimicrobial choice, followed by device selection and monitoring.

By the end of the course, you’ll know how to develop an OPAT service in your own setting.

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What topics will you cover?

The course will cover:

  • The function, role and limitations of OPAT in modern health care
  • The roles and responsibilities within the multi-disciplinary OPAT team
  • The importance of patient selection, antimicrobial choice and device selection and monitoring in achieving optimal outcome
  • How OPAT relates to the wider antimicrobial stewardship agenda and health care governance

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...

  • Identify the function, role and limitations of OPAT in modern health care
  • Compare the different roles and responsibilities within the multi-disciplinary OPAT team and reflect on how other health care providers may contribute to the service
  • Explain how patient selection, antimicrobial choice and device selection and monitoring are crucial to achieving optimal outcome
  • Explore how OPAT relates to the wider antimicrobial stewardship agenda and health care governance
  • Apply antimicrobial stewardship principles to clinical OPAT practice

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals who are interested in developing an OPAT service.

Who will you learn with?

Andrew Seaton

I'm an ID physician in Glasgow & I lead our Antimicrobial Stewardship programme & OPAT service. I also chair the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group & co-chair the BSAC OPAT initiative

Mark Gilchrist

Hello,
I'm a consultant antimicrobial pharmacist and OPAT lead within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. I look forward to interacting with you on this OPAT Mooc.

Who developed the course?

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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