Low Hospital Admission Rates Following POIC-Based Outpatient Treatment with Intravenous Antibiotics
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 10, 2014) – Outpatient antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) provided by a physician office infusion center revealed an overall low 30-day hospital admission rate of 6.8% compared to 26% previously reported. This collaborative, retrospective study reviewed charts of 600 randomly selected patients with a range of diagnoses from ten nationwide Infectious Disease physician office infusion centers and determined any unplanned hospital admission and readmission within 30 days of outpatient treatment. The results were further analyzed for factors that could potentially predict 30-day hospital admissions. As a result, 41 patients (6.8%) were admitted to the hospital including 32 patients previously hospitalized and 9 patients without prior hospital stay. The indications for hospital admissions were: worsening infections (59%), reasons unrelated to the primary infection (22%), new infections (12%) and device-related issues (7%). Significantly increased odds to be admitted to the hospital within 30 days of OPAT were calculated for patients with bacteremia (odds ratio 2.9, 95% confidence interval 1.4 to 6.1, p=0.004) and prior 6-month hospitalization (odds ratio 2.1, 95% confidence interval 1.1 to 4.0, p=0.036). This study suggests that outpatient treatment at a physician office infusion center provides optimal therapy with a high potential to prevent costly admissions and return visits to the hospital. To learn more, click here.
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Lucinda J. Van Anglen, PharmD