Serious infections in children can be treated using outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) which is cheaper and less disruptive than hospitalization. Responsible and well-informed parents are the key to success of OPAT in children, and medical centres should provide suitable follow-up procedures. Ceftriaxone is the key drug for various OPAT programmes due to its high therapeutic index, lack of toxicity, once-daily administration and good intramuscular bioavailablity. However, in some infections other drugs are needed. Such parenteral drugs can be used to stabilize the patient before switching to oral drugs.
- Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases
- Pharmacology (medical)