Outpatient IV Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) or Outpatient Clinic

Ever so often, a patient requires IV infusions or treatment for specific conditions or disease management. Families of patients often struggle between hospitalisation for a simple IV to inconveniences of undertaking the same in non-standard clinics or running around looking for nursing care that can administer this at home, often at much higher costs. The Outpatient Clinic is a service by The Capstone Clinic to exactly address this issue.

One of the key functions of this Outpatient Clinic is to offer OPAT or OutPatient IntraVenous Antimicrobial Therapy in Chennai to patients suffering with long-term infections, but don’t need to be admitted to the hospital.

OPAT became popular in the 1970s and became a standard modality of treatment for patients battling severe long-term infections that needed intravenous antibiotic therapy.

Understanding OPAT

OPAT is the administration of intravenous antimicrobial therapy to patients in an outpatient setting or in their own home. It can be used for patients with severe or deep-seated infections who require parenteral (intravenous) treatment but are otherwise stable and well enough not to be in hospital; these patients may be discharged early to an OPAT service or may avoid hospital admission altogether. Patients must be clinically stable and have home circumstances that support OPAT, including effective communication with health-care professionals.

The first requirement for OPAT is a multidisciplinary team capable of delivering the treatment and all the necessary support services. The most suitable antibiotics are those that can be administered once daily or less frequently. It is essential that there is clear communication with definition of responsibility for delivery of OPAT, and review of progress with treatment between the OPAT team and the referring clinical team.

All this is available at The Capstone Clinic, Chennai. The experienced team of professionals include doctors and nurses, who ensure a seamless experience covering medical care and antibiotic therapy for patients. This sometimes includes patients who have been discharged from hospitals but who require continued intravenous antibiotic treatment.

Common infections treated through OPAT

The infections that are usually treated via OPAT are infective endocarditis – patients with valvular heart conditions, urinary tract infections, osteoarticular infections – bone or joint infections, diabetic foot infections, skin and soft tissue or surgical site infections.

Those considering OPAT should ask their physicians if it is the right option for them. OPAT saves the patient significant expenses related to hospitalisation and ensures completion of treatment.