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Creating a plan

What things might you consider when devising an OPAT plan? The stewardship principle of the right drug, for the right condition, for the right duration and right route should always …

Vascular device considerations

Intravascular devices are an essential component of any OPAT service but they are not without risk. Complications include phlebitis, thrombosis, localised infection, blood stream related infection and (rarely) embolisation. In …

Antimicrobial Key Considerations

The antimicrobial choice should be based on the principles contained in the local antimicrobial stewardship programme, taking into account: The antimicrobial spectrum (narrow, specific to the organism & minimal potential …

Overview of Clinical Governance

Both the UK BSAC Good Practice Recommendations and the IDSA OPAT guidance recommend having good clinical governance practices together with outcome monitoring and the ability to manage risk. Please find …

OPAT good practice recommendations

In Week 1 we made reference to the United Kingdom’s BSAC Adult and Paediatric OPAT good practice recommendations. You can review them again here or at the links at the …

The patient’s perspective

The patient experience should be at the heart of any OPAT service. Watch this video to hear from a patient about their OPAT experience.

Patient assessment in the OPAT setting

So far we have considered the clinical and organisational benefits of OPAT and we have heard from the core members of the OPAT team. We will now look at patient …

Paediatric OPAT perspective

Paediatric OPAT shares great similarities with adult OPAT in terms of the principles of safe delivery. However, there are some unique differences. Hear the views from Dr Sanjay Patel. Discuss …

Infectious diseases physician

The inclusion of a medically qualified infection specialist within the core OPAT team is to ensure infection management plans, including choice of IV or oral agent(s), criteria for IV to …

Specialist antimicrobial pharmacist

The specialist antimicrobial pharmacist (AMP) is a core member of the OPAT team being involved in patient screening and providing pharmaceutical care for those patients who enter the OPAT programme. …

OPAT specialist nurse

The specialist OPAT nurse is a core member of the OPAT team. The specialist nurse has developed expertise in assessment of appropriateness and suitability for home or clinic administration of …

Introduction to the course

This introductory OPAT course has been developed by the Co-chairs of the UK British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) OPAT initiative: Dr Andrew Seaton (an infectious diseases physician based in …

Antimicrobial administration via an OPAT service

There are a variety of ways in which antimicrobials may be administered via an OPAT service. These include: Self administration (following training and availability of the appropriate drug delivery system) …