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April 1979

Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy at Home

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(4):413-415. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630410023011

Many patients who are hospitalized for intensive intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy of serious infections are not disabled. Following a short period of treatment in the hospital and after their medical problem has stabilized, these patients can safely receive IV antibiotics at home. Patients who had osteomyelitis or infective endocarditis were selected for this study. Utilizing an IV nurse team, patients were instructed in the administration of the antibiotic. They returned to the hospital every 48 hours to have their IV catheter changed and to receive a new supply of antibiotic. There was a substantial monetary saving with each treatment course (at least $1,600 per patient), and, in addition, the patients were much more comfortable at home and some returned to work or to school.

(Arch Intern Med 139:413-415, 1979)