Outpatient and home iv antibiotic therapy

Home i.v. antibiotic therapy is useful in the patient with resolved neutropenia who needs to complete a course of therapy for a defined infection. There has also been recent interest in early discharge of the stable neu-tropenic patient on home i.v. antibiotic therapy or oral therapy after initial i.v. therapy in the hospital.1719 Again, this is only appropriate to consider in the patient without signs of severe infection, who is tolerating antibiotic therapy appropriate to initial culture results, and who is reliable and is closely monitored. If the patient is at high risk, continued inpatient treatment is preferred.

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