Comparison of Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) in a POIC vs. Traditional Home Health Care
October 29, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 10, 2014) – Outpatient antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in a physician office infusion center showed improved quality of care in contrast to a traditional home health care setting. A collaborative, retrospective study reviewed patient data from three Infectious Disease practices to compare outpatient antimicrobial treatment in a physician office infusion center (172 patients) vs. a traditional home health care setting (23 patients) over a 3-month time period (Oct to Dec 2013). Parameters evaluated for comparison were hospital admissions, visits to the emergency department as well as adherence to monitoring guidelines published by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). This study provides evidence that a physician office infusion center was superior to home health care with respect to 30-day hospital admission rates (7.5% vs. 17.4%, p=0.03) and visits to the emergency department (5.2% vs. 8.7%, p=0.49). Moreover, patient care at a physician office infusion center demonstrated improved adherence to laboratory monitoring (95% vs. 70%, p<0.001) as well as enhanced compliance with follow-up physician visits (95% vs. 53%, p<0.001) in comparison to patients treated at a home health care setting. Outpatient antimicrobial therapy delivered through a physician office infusion center offers closely supervised care with significantly improved adherence to existing monitoring guidelines and considerably lower 30-day hospital admissions. To learn more, click here.
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Lucinda J. Van Anglen, PharmD