15. Evaluation of an Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program in a Specialty Clinic Setting

Elizabeth Hauk Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Jessica Wilhoite Butler University
Introduction: Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) has gained popularity since its first description in 1974. At Community Health Network (CHN), the OPAT clinic was developed three years ago by an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist and includes pharmacist driven monitoring for all patients receiving OPAT. The pharmacist ensures labs are drawn weekly to assess for renal or hepatic function changes, medication levels are drawn and adjusted as needed, and repeat labs and levels are ordered to continue assessing therapy. Currently, there have been no studies done to investigate CHN’s OPAT program. Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to qualitatively determine the number of patients, types of infections, source organism, antibiotics utilized, duration of therapy, adverse effects, and number and types of interventions made to therapy by the OPAT clinical pharmacist. Methods: This study was conducted via retrospective chart analysis and included both demographic and clinical information such as infection type, source organism(s), antibiotic, duration of therapy, adverse effects, and successful completion of OPAT regimen. Information regarding number and type of pharmacist intervention were also recorded. Patients who received OPAT from January 2017 to December 2017 were included in the study. Preliminary Results: To date, 272 patients have been evaluated for inclusion in the study with 226 meeting inclusion criteria. Among those patients the pharmacist has made a total of 136 interventions. Data analysis for this study is ongoing. Conclusion: Additional patients within the predefined timeframe are yet to be analyzed. Conclusions are pending based on completion of data collection.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
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