Innovations in biotechnology have had a significant influence on health care outcomes but often at increased costs. The new challenges facing the US health care system call for low-cost, affordable innovative solutions in delivery of services to achieve the triple aim: improving the experience of care, improving population health, and reducing the per capita costs of health care.
One such innovative approach is self-administered outpatient intravenous antibiotic treatment (OPAT). In this approach, patients who need intravenous antibiotics for up to 8 weeks are taught to self-administer antibiotics at home. The traditional treatment approach for these patients in the United States involves 1 of the following: supervised administration of intravenous antibiotics at an infusion center, administration at a skilled nursing facility, or administration at home with nursing assistance. These options represent the usual forms of OPAT.
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