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Outpatient Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)

When you’re ready to leave the hospital but you still need intravenous (IV) antibiotics, we'll make the transition from hospital to home easier. 

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Making intravenous antibiotics at home safe + convenient

We understand that receiving IV antibiotics can be a challenging part of recovering from an infectious disease. That's why outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy (OPAT) may be so important to your care. It's designed to help you achieve the best possible health outcomes while minimizing the need for hospital stays.

With OPAT, you can receive the IV or high-risk oral antimicrobial therapy you need in a safe and comfortable environment—at home. Your health and well-being are our top priority, and we're committed to helping you get back to feeling your best as quickly as possible.

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There are many reasons why intravenous antibiotics might be critical to your care and healing. OPAT’s goal is to ensure the best possible health outcomes for patients being treated for an infectious disease condition warranting IV or high-risk oral antimicrobial therapy, decrease the length of hospital stay or avoid a hospital stay altogether.



Our team works with anyone involved in your care to ensure you get the correct antibiotics and appropriate in-person and laboratory monitoring without being admitted to a hospital. Depending on the care you need, we will coordinate with your:

  • Dialysis and infusion center staff
  • Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility
  • Home infusion company
  • Visiting nurse

By monitoring your long-term care plan, we can evaluate your progress and provide any additional treatments as necessary.


What should I do if I have any issues with my IV line or infusions?

If this happens during standard office hours, call us for help. We may be able to help you by coordinating a home nurse visit. We may advise you to go to the emergency department for support, depending on the situation.

If you have a visiting nurse company or an infusion company delivering antibiotics, you might be able to speak to their on-call nurse or pharmacist to walk you through troubleshooting steps. If you continue to have difficulty or cannot infuse antimicrobial agents, please visit your closest emergency department and inform them of your issue and when your next antimicrobial dose is due.

What should I do if I have any questions outside of business hours?

If you have missed any antibiotic doses or will need a dose soon, please notify the emergency department once you arrive, as they may be able to get an infusion started while you wait for care.

If this is a medical emergency and you require immediate assistance, please call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I have questions that are not about my infection or OPAT?

Questions not about your infection or OPAT should be directed to your PCP or relevant specialist already involved in your care.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room.

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