Risk Factors Associated With Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program Failure Among Intravenous Drug Users

@inproceedings{Buehrle2016RiskFA,
  title={Risk Factors Associated With Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program Failure Among Intravenous Drug Users},
  author={Deanna J. Buehrle and Ryan K. Shields and Neel K. Shah and Christopher Shoff and Kathleen M. Sheridan},
  booktitle={Open forum infectious diseases},
  year={2016}
}
Sixty-one percent of intravenous drug users (IVDUs) who received outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) failed treatment. Hospital readmission and adverse drug reactions occurred in 25%. By multivariate analysis, time since last IVDU was associated with failure (P = .04). Intravenous drug users requiring OPAT are at high risk for failure; additional studies are needed to explore alternatives. 
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